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Equipment Operator Fire Safety
Fire Attack Procedures


Section 3


PART ONE - Basic Fire Suppression & Safety

PART TWO  - Equipment Operator Fire Safety and Fire Attack   Techniques

PART THREE - Fire Entrapment Avoidance & Safety

PART FOUR - Short Quiz

Sec 1    Sec 2    Sec 3    Sec 4    Sec      Sec 6    Sec 7    Sec 8 


Sections 1 - 8

  1. Heavy Equipment Varieties
  2. Legal Stuff - the law and you
  3. Operating Cost Issues
  4. General Equipment Concerns
  5. Specific Equipment Uses
  6. Equipment and the I.C.S. (Incident Command System)
  7. Building the Fireline / Guard or Fuel Break
  8. Safety Concerns

3.0 Operating Costs

This relates mostly back to the contract.  However there are some other  costs  that, in particular, the owner must consider - but it is important for the operator to know and understand these too. ... AND, it behooves the Contract Manager (person overseeing the contract) to also be aware of and to understand all these various other costs. 

  • there is a high cost to transport heavy equipment to and from the work site
  • the overall logistics of arranging to have a piece of heavy equipment on the worksite can be complicated
  • there is a high cost to properly maintain the equipment
  • there is a cost to "maintain" the operator (i.e. shelter and food)
  • the equipment requires quality fuel - who supplies, pays for and where does it come from?


This phrase is well understood by the equipment owner but often not so well understood by all the other personnel involved with a particular piece of heavy equipment - except maybe the operator. 

If a piece of heavy equipment is "broken" it cannot work and thus, is NOT generating an income for the owner.  

AND - in the case of fires, floods, (incidents) etc. - the "broken" equipment cannot perform the tasks planned for it and that situation may lead to a "chain reaction" of negative events on the fireline. (incident)

...if a firefighter breaks a pulaski handle a replacement pulaski or handle is usually quite easy to obtain...

...if something breaks on a piece of heavy equipment, it may take hours or days to just obtain the needed parts AND then it may take several more hours to make the repairs and get the machine operating again.  

It may be easier to find and replace an operator than it is to obtain new parts and fix the machine.



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