RT-130, Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher (WFSTAR)
Core Component(s): Current Issues, Other Hazards & Safety Issues
Estimated Delivery Time: 30 minutes; Video Length: 5:59
Identify the utilities and adverse impacts of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) on wildfire incidents.
Review the module and video.
Facilitating the Discussion
- Show the video.
- Facilitate a discussion using the following scenario.
Your crew is cutting direct fireline on an active fire edge within urban interface. You have two helicopters working with your crew. The helicopters are critical in cooling the edge of the fire in front of you and holding the fireline behind you. While checking the wind you see something small in the air. You think it is an unauthorized UAS.
- What do you do?
- Who do you contact?
- What are the priorities?
- If incident grounds aircraft, how will this affect your crew’s hot line construction?
- What if a medical emergency occurs that requires the use of a helicopter extrication?
- How are authorized UASs being used today on wildfires?
- What are the benefits of using a UAS?
- Are you familiar with your agency’s UAS policy/protocol?
- Where would you look to find it?
- NWCG Standards for Fire Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations, PMS 515
- Small Unmanned Aircraft Used for Prescribed Fire at Homestead National Monument of America, NPS
- Taking Flight: Alaska pioneers use of drones on wildland fires, Alaska Wildland Fire Information.
- Interagency Fire Unmanned Aircraft Systems Subcommittee.
Additional Video Information
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