National Wildfire Coordinating Group

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

Analysis of Burnovers

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

Twenty years of numbers shows us surprising statistics of categories of firefighter deaths. This module analyses the statistics of burnover fatalities.
Category: Operations
Core Component(s): Fire and Aviation Operational Safety;
Fire Shelters and Entrapment Avoidance

Estimated Delivery Time: 30 minutes; Video Length: 5:26



Raise awareness of the statistics of firefighter burnover fatalities and the commonalities associated with them.

Facilitator Preparation

  • Review the video and module tools.
  • Consider additional activities and discussion questions relevant to the location and agency.

Facilitating the Discussion

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

Discussion Questions

  1. What is the leading cause of line of duty deaths to wildland firefighters?
  2. What is the average amount of time between blowup and burnover?
  3. What time of day do most burnovers occur? Knowing this, do you implement tactical pauses utilizing Take 5 at 2 to help assess the reality of your current situation?
  4. Are there other appropriate times that tactical pauses may be implemented?
  5. When taking a tactical pause, what elements of situational awareness should you consider?


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