5.2.6. Basic Wildfire Suppression Strategy and Tactics Copy

Jeff Co

Heavy Equipment

Heavy Equipment Operations:

L.A.C.E.S. MUST be in place for heavy equipment operations.

MINIMUM 2 tree lengths between heavy equipment and ground personnel. Ground personnel must never work directly downhill from heavy equipment.

Wear hi-vis clothing or vest.

NEVER approach heavy equipment without first getting the operators attention.

NEVER ride on heavy equipment. Only the operator is allowed!

Fuels/debris should always be windrowed AWAY from the fire.

When prescribing machine guard width, consider adequate space for debris windrow.

Consider the size of fuels when deciding on machine size.

Steep slopes/unstable ground

Be aware of fuel accumulations/fire behaviour adjacent to machine guard.

Two units working in tandem is safer, more productive, can pull each other out.

At least one dozer in a group should have a winch.

Dozer operator should never work alone.

Effective communications system between operators and ground personnel must be established.

General Points:

  • Used to build/ reclaim fire line, heli-spots, campsite, improve access, water delivery and ground crew transport.
  • Slow-moving, can increase its vulnerability.
  • Communications can be challenging.
  • Fueling and operator logistics magnify when large numbers are deployed.
  • Equipment requires regular cleaning to avoid engine fires.
  • Large potential impact on landscape.