National Wildfire Coordinating Group

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

Aquatic Invasive Species Mitigation for Ground Resources

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

Avoid the spread of aquatic invasive species by fire personnel and water delivery equipment by adhering to the procedures presented in this video.
Category: Operations
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.

Facilitator Preparation

  • Review the video, module tools, and resources.
  • Decide which discussion questions (below) will best fit the level of the session audience.

Facilitating the Discussion

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

Discussion Questions

  1. What kind of equipment/supplies do you carry in the vehicle for decontamination?
  2. Do you prime the pump using water from the engine tank or the water source?
  3. How often do you inspect your foot valve? Do you carry a spare?
  4. Is aquatic invasive species mitigation a regular part of employee training?
  5. When on assignment, is aquatic invasive species a topic in the general briefing? How about at division breakouts?
  6. What type of apparatus do you have at the home unit for decontamination?
  7. Have you written a Job Risk Analysis for decontamination?  Have you identified and procured specific personal protective equipment (PPE) for this purpose?
  8. Why is aquatic invasive species mitigation important with regard to agency mission, public lands, firefighters, and the public?
  9. What aquatic invasive species are in your area or neighboring areas?
  10. What are the mitigation procedures for dealing with aquatic invasive species?
  11. What effects can these species have on waterways if they spread?


Additional Video Information

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