NJFFS Division A Section 2
18 Situations That Shout
A large part of being safe is being aware of what's around you; particularly those things that could point to one of eighteen dangerous situations. The "18 Situations That Shout Watch Out!" make up the wildland firefighter's survival checklist. Should you find yourself in any of these situations, your life is in danger-so it's worth taking time to review them every time you prepare to fight a wildland fire. Here they are...
The fire is not scouted and sized up.
You're in country not seen in daylight.
Your safety zones and escape routes aren't identified.
You're unfamiliar with weather and local factors influencing fire behavior .
You're uninformed on strategy, tactics and hazards .
Instructions and assignments are not clear.
You have no communication link with crew members and supervisors.
You're constructing a line without a safe anchor point.
You're building a fireline downhill with fire below.
You're attempting a frontal assault on the fire.
There is unburned fuel between you and the fire.
You cannot see the main fire, and you're not in contact with anyone who can.
You're on a hillside where rolling material can ignite fuel below.
The weather is getting hotter and drier.
Wind increases and/or changes direction.
You're getting frequent spot fires across the fire line.
Terrain and fuels make escape to safety zones difficult.
You feel like taking a nap near the fireline.