National Wildfire Coordinating Group

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

2020 Year in Review

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

Revisit significant events and statistics from the 2020 fire year to identify lessons we must learn to prepare for the future.
Category: Operations
Core Component(s): Local Topics;
Incident Reviews and Lessons Learned;
Fire and Aviation Operational Safety

Estimated Delivery Time: 30 minutes; Video Length: 11:23



Revisit significant events and statistics from 2020 to identify lessons we must learn to prepare for the future.

Facilitator Preparation

  • Review the video, module tools, and additional resources.
  • Review significant events and statistics from 2020 for your local area.
  • Print or display the current National Wildland Significant Fire Potential Outlook from Predictive Services.
    • Optional:  Print or display additional fire potential outlooks for your Geographic Area (links on Geographic Area Coordination Centers – Outlooks) or local response area (local dispatch center).
  • Review the current COVID-19 direction from NWCG and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Print or display the 2020 LLC Incident Review Summary and 2020 Year End Infographic from the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center.

Facilitating the Discussion

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

Discussion Questions

  1. Discuss significant events and trends from your local response area in 2020. How did the last year compare to a typical fire year? What is the outlook for 2021?
  2. What did you/your crew do to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in 2020? What changes will you make to continue to protect yourself/your crew this year? Identify and explore resources available to educate yourself and others.
  3. The Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center segment introduced two topics from the 2020 LLC Incident Review Summary: When Rigs Burn and Loose Chaps. Discuss the LLC Incident Review Summary Action Items presented in the module. Choose another topic from the 2020 LLC Incident Review Summary, review the information, and discuss how you/your crew can apply the Action Items in 2021.


Additional Video Information

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