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Firefighter in the Field: Export to Montana

Firefighter in the Field: Export to Montana

August 27, 2017

The weight restriction per person was 65lbs. Will we be located in the mountains? Sleeping in tents? Will we have regular access to power? How many pairs of underwear and socks should I bring? Should I bring extra work boots and workout shoes? Do I have room for a pillow? What is essential when you […]

Firefighter in the Field

Firefighter in the Field

August 18, 2017

Eagle’s Nest is an old forestry base situated about 150 kilometres northwest of Fort McMurray. Though the cabins are well-weathered and the camp has been abandoned for quite some time, we occasionally stop for the day at this magnificent spot.  Not only is it a good strategic location to respond to wildfires that pop up […]

Air Operations Simulator Program

Air Operations Simulator Program

August 16, 2017

One important element of Alberta’s initial attack arsenal is the airtanker. Airtankers are used to keep a wildfire from spreading until ground crews can be brought in to extinguish it. Aerial firefighting is a highly specialized tactic in a very complex environment.  Air Attack Officers are highly trained personnel that coordinate airtanker action, as well […]

Firefighters in the Field


This is Alex’s second wildfire season! Learn about his adventures in the Fort McMurray area.


I’m a Provincial Air Attack Officer with Alberta Wildfire. This is my 16th wildfire season!


I am a HAC leader in the Fort McMurray Forest Protection Area. I’m excited to fill you in on my summer adventures.


Hey! This is my third season as Wildfire Rappel member on the fireline. Follow along on my adventures this summer.


I’ll be acting as your dispatcher blogger for the next few months. I’m looking forward to keeping you updated on the happenings in the Edson radio room.


I’m in my second year with the Grande Prairie Unit Crew. I’m back for another wildfire season and am looking forward to sharing my experiences from the fireline.


I’m a 28-year-old First Nation member from Saddle Lake and I am working out of the Lac La Biche Forest Area. I started working in Firetack in 2012 and this will be my second year on a Helitack crew.


I will be spending my second summer at one of the 127 lookouts across the province. I am excited to be back for another wildfire season!


I’ve now been a member of the Edson Unit Crew for four years. I look forward to writing about my summer on the fireline for you!