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

Fire Technology

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Fire technology has changed a lot in the last few years. The use of mobile technology, like smart phones, tablets or apps, on the fireline is becoming the new norm.
Category: Other
Core Component(s): Current Issues
Estimated Delivery Time: 30 minutes; Video Length: 7:05


Examine how technology used in wildland fire has changed and advanced over the years. Show how mobile devices and apps on the fireline are the new norm and how that helps meet incident objectives.    

Facilitator Preparation

  • Review the module and video

Facilitator Tasks

  • Watch the video.
  • Facilitate a discussion using the activity and discussion questions.

Discussion Questions

  • How has technological advancement helped you while on an assignment over the last five years? Have there been any negative impacts from this technology movement?
  • What are you using as an electronic navigation device? If it is a mobile device, can you show the class how to use it in less than five minutes?
  • What apps are you using on your mobile device while on fire assignments? What is the most impressive technology used on fire assignments that you have seen?
  • Where do you see technological advances five years from now?
  • Have you used a digital sand table? If you have, what were the pros and cons?


WFSTAR guides are currently being updated and will be added to each module page as they are completed.  In the interim, please use the following guide for this module.  This guide is not completely Section 508 compliant.  If you need an accessible version, please contact Travis Touchette at ttouchet@blm.gov.

Video Information

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