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  • Burnout June 1, 2021
    As we go into the 2021 fire season, I think it is important to touch on mental health wellness among our wildland firefighters. Last year was rough, and there were plenty of changes we needed to adjust to, which may or may not have impacted us mentally. As the impacts drag on, and uncertainty looms, […]
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  • Field Observer May 19, 2021
    Welcome back! Our planes are all gone for the season and we are gearing up for out of state deployments for 2021. This provides another opportunity to tell you about one of the different positions available to our firefighters. Field Observer (FOBS) is a position that is useful both on wildfires and on prescribed fires, […]
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  • Fire Effects Monitor (FEMO) April 27, 2021
    Did you know that we have Wildland Fire Crew personnel who are qualified as Fire Effects Monitors? They are referred to as FEMOs and are quite useful on both wildland fires and prescribed fires. A FEMO collects information about an incident from their own personal observations at the incident itself. Some information they collect could […]
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  • Load Options April 19, 2021
     There are several load options when it comes to Aerial Firefighting and all have their own benefits: suppressant, long-term fire retardant, water enhancers, and water. A suppressant is an agent, like water or foam, that is used to extinguish the fire by applying it directly to the burning fuel. A retardant is a substance or […]
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  • Aircraft Use April 6, 2021
     Within Pennsylvania, we use two different types of aircraft for fire suppression, and they are both very different animals. What we have sitting at the tanker bases are Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) and at remote helipads, we have three Helicopters (one is a Type 2, which can support larger missions and two are Type […]
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  • 2020 PA-PAS Wildland Fire Program Annual Report March 12, 2021
     We would like to take the time to share with you the 2020 Annual Report from the Pennsylvania Wildland Fire Program. For those of you who don’t know, our program protects 16 million acres of forest lands, 10 million acres of Wildland-Urban Interface, and we have 1,000 volunteer forest fire wardens and 373 fire-qualified employees. […]
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  • 2021 Mid-Atlantic Compact Fire Academy March 9, 2021
    We have had many hurdles to overcome in the past year, with training having to, unfortunately, be canceled. We would like to start spring off with a little good news in the form on the 2021 Mid-Atlantic Compact Fire Academy! Registration for the Mid-Atlantic Compact Fire Academy in McHenry, MD is now open for compact members. The 2021 Academy will look […]
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  • Defensible Space - Home Ignition Zone 3 November 4, 2020
    The third home ignition zone (or Extended Zone) is 30-100 feet and out to 200 feet from your home. Dispose of any heavy amounts of debris and litter, remove of any dead plant and tree material. If you have any small conifers growing in between your mature trees you should consider removing them. As always […]
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  • Defensible Space - Home Ignition Zone 2 October 20, 2020
     Continuing from our previous post which covered Zone 1, we are going to discuss Home Ignition Zone 2 (or the Intermediate Zone). You may have heard these tips before, but it doesn’t hurt to be reminded and go over it again. Zone 2 is 5-30 feet from the furthest exterior point of your home. Landscaping […]
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  • Defensible Space - Home Ignition Zone 1 October 13, 2020
    You may remember back in April when we discussed Wildland Urban Interface month, there was the mention of concentric safety zones around your home regarding creating a defensible space. The end goal here is to cover each Home Ignition Zone, which may include tips and tricks you have or have not seen previously. The first […]
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