WATCHOUT

Weather : dominates fire behaviour, so keep informed
Actions : must be based on current and expected fire behaviour
Try out : at least two escape routes
Communicate : with your Officer in charge, your crew and adjoining crews
Hazards : beware of variations in fuels, steep slopes
Observe : changes in wind speed or direction, temperature, humidity and cloud
Understand : your instructions, make sure that you are understood
Think : clearly, be alert and act decisively before your situation becomes critical.


Survival Threats

Major threats to firefighters are radiant heat, smoke inhalation, dehydration and problems associated with working in hazardous situations such as slope of a fire, downwind of a fire, and in an area where there are heavy and/or flashy fuels.

You should be constantly aware of the situation you are in, and try to anticipate changes in fire behaviour.

Remember : think ahead and be observant.

Courtesy of “Wildfire safety and survival” authored by the CFA.

Last updated 4 November 2014