National Wildfire Coordinating Group

RT-130, Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher (WFSTAR)

Fire Technology

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Fire technology has changed a lot in the last few years. The use of mobile technology, like smart phones, tablets or apps, on the fireline is becoming the new norm.
Category: Communications
Core Component(s): Fire and Aviation Operational Safety
Estimated Delivery Time: 30 minutes; Video Length: 7:05



Examine how the technology used to fight fires has changed over the years. Mobile devices and apps on the fireline are the new norm.

Facilitator Preparation

  • Review the video and module tools.
  • Identify apps and intel websites that are pertinent to your location, agency, audience and be prepared to discuss and share them.

Facilitating the Discussion

  • Show the video.
  • Facilitate a small or large group discussion using the discussion questions.

Discussion Questions

  1. How has technological advancement helped you while on an assignment over the last five years? Have there been any negative impacts from this technology movement?
  2. What are you using as an electronic navigation device or compass? If it is a mobile device, can you show the class how to use it in less than five minutes?
  3. What websites do you gather intel from before departing for a fire assignment?
  4. What apps are you using on your mobile device while on fire assignments?
  5. What is the most impressive technology used on fire assignments that you have seen?
  6. Where do you see technological advances five years from now?


Additional Video Information

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