RT-130, Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher (WFSTAR)
Core Component(s): Local Topics
Estimated Delivery Time: 30:00; Video Length: 9:20
Stop or decrease the spread of aquatic invasive species by fire personnel and other water delivery equipment by adhering to the procedures presented in this video.
- Review the video, module tools, and resources.
- Decide which discussion questions (below) will best fit the level of the session audience.
- Consider the importance of preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species. Refer to Chapter 2, Guide to Preventing Aquatic Invasive Species Transport by Wildland Fire Operations, PMS 444.
- Consult a local resource advisor, hydrologist, or fish biologist regarding specific aquatic invasive species concerns in the local area.
Facilitating the Discussion
- Show the video.
- Facilitate a small or large group discussion using the selected discussion questions.
- What kind of equipment/supplies do you carry in the vehicle for decontamination?
- Do you prime the pump using water from the engine tank or the water source?
- How often do you inspect your foot valve? Do you carry a spare?
- Is aquatic invasive species mitigation a regular part of employee training?
- When on assignment, is aquatic invasive species a topic in the general briefing? How about at division breakouts?
- What type of apparatus do you have at the home unit for decontamination?
- Have you written a Job Risk Analysis for decontamination? Have you identified and procured specific personal protective equipment (PPE) for this purpose?
- Why is aquatic invasive species mitigation important with regard to agency mission, public lands, firefighters, and the public?
- What aquatic invasive species are in your area or neighboring areas?
- What are the mitigation procedures for dealing with aquatic invasive species?
- What effects can these species have on waterways if they spread?
- Website: Invasive Species Subcommittee
- Publication: Guide to Preventing Aquatic Invasive Species Transport by Wildland Fire Operations, PMS 444
- Poster/PocketCard: Aquatic Invasive Species Mitigation for Ground Resources
- Video: Utah Division of Wildlife Resources decontamination process at Lake Powell
- Video: NPS Glen Canyon National Recreation – Mussel information
- Publication: Interagency Standards for Fire and Fire Aviation Operations (Red Book): Chapter 11, Operational Guidelines for Aquatic Invasive Species
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