Firefighter in the Field: Exports to British Columbia

Firefighter in the Field: Exports to British Columbia

Hearing that BC was in a state of emergency from the amount of active fires was hard to swallow. The forest fires were getting worse and people were losing their homes. While Victoria (my current home for university) wasn’t in any danger, my friends and their families in surrounding cities were. Knowing that people were being evacuated […]

Firefighter in the Field: Export to Montana

Firefighter in the Field: Export to Montana

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 […]

How to Report a Wildfire

How to Report a Wildfire

When it comes to fighting wildfires, timing is everything – the earlier we can get to a wildfire, the better. Prompt response can minimize losses and costs. To achieve this, the Wildfire Management Branch uses a variety of tools such as aerial detection, lookout observers, and lightning mapping systems to quickly detect wildfires. But we […]

Practice Makes Perfect!

Practice Makes Perfect!

After a long and cold winter, everyone on the Edson Unit Crew has been counting down the days to the start of the wildfire season. Generally, Unit Crews work on larger, sustained action fires. We are also tasked with a wide range of other duties though, including being used as an initial action resource on wildfires, […]

Return to Rappel

Return to Rappel

Can you feel the excitement? I can. We all love the winter. It’s a great chance for wildfire members to rejuvenate and energize after a long summer on the fireline, but eventually we all find ourselves longing for those days in the woods again. Every year the Alberta Wildfire Rappel program trains and re-certifies approximately […]