National Wildfire Coordinating Group

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

DoD Watch Out Situations

RT-130 Decorative banner. Group of photos depicting wildland firefighters performing various duties.

Discussion about the most common Watch Outs encountered by wildland firefighters on military installations.
Category: Hazards
Core Component(s): Local Topics;
Fire and Aviation Operational Safety;
Human Factors, Communication and Decision Making

Estimated Delivery Time: 15:00; Video Length: 2:23



Introduction to or review of the four main categories of Watch Out Situations commonly found on military installations.

Facilitator Preparation

  • Review the video and module tools.
  • Consider additional activities and discussion questions pertaining to the installation and agency.
  • The suggested activity includes reviewing the Military Installation In-Briefing Pocket Card and incorporating it into the discussion. 

Facilitating the Discussion

  • Show the video.
  • Distribute the Military Installation In-Briefing Pocket Card (if using).
  • Facilitate a small or large group discussion using the following discussion questions.

Discussion Questions

  1. What are the four categories of watch out situations commonly found on military installations?
  2. In what ways are these four categories similar to or different from wildland fire operations?
  3. What should you do when you encounter unexploded ordnance (UXO)? What are the dangers of UXO?
  4. Why is access and coordination essential to working on a military installation? What are some examples of groups you may need to coordinate with before and during operations?
  5. What are some examples of military infrastructure you might encounter on an installation?
  6. What is a cantonment area and how is it like operating in the wildland urban interface (WUI) environment?
  7. Review the Military Installation In-Briefing Pocket Card (if using).


Additional Video Information

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