This study identified footwear appropriate for Alberta wildland firefighters and assessed the need for protective toecaps on their footwear. Hazard and risk of foot injuries were assessed, and recommendations are made.
Wildfire is a natural phenomenon in Canada that threatens to destroy property and endanger lives. Wildfire agencies are tasked with reducing the threat of wildfire in the wildland-urban interface, which becomes a greater issue as more communities locate near or within forests or become more populated.
Forest fuel treatments that reduce or modify forest stands are the most common and effective methods to reduce wildfire danger around communities. However, convincing the public to support forest fuel treatments around their communities can be a challenge for wildfire managers. Understandably, communities want some assurance that what they are committing to will make a difference. One of the many benefits of forest fuel treatments is thought to be an increase in the effectiveness of wildfire operations.
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry asked FPInnovations to evaluate the patented Trident Pump System developed by Younkers Wielding for the system's suitability for wildfire operations. This report summarizes the author's observations and thoughts.
The Forest Engineering Resarch institute of Canada (FERIC) surveyed off-highway, ground-based water delivery systems working in Alberta wildland fire operations to develop a recommended standard for these types of systems. This report contains information useful in the design and operation of mobile water delivery equipment in support of Alberta fire operations.
In May 2017 FPInnovations conducted an initial field assessment of a helicopter on-board system for mixing water-enhancing gel concentrate at Fort Vermillion. For this study, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry contracted a Bell 214B helicopter with on-board gel mixing capability. The helicopter company chose Firewall II gel and an Isolair external tank to meet the contract requirements.
This Info Note presents FPInnovations’ observations of the ability of the on-board mixing system to effectively mix Firewall II gel with water.
Innovation in hotspot target equipment used for Infrared (IR) testing reduces risks and logistical challenges. This InfoNote describes the development of a new hotspot prototype for use at the IR grid in Hinton, Alberta.
FPInnovations studied the effectiveness of sprinkler systems and aqueous gel for the protection of structures from wildfire. The study results may assist fire suppression personnel when making strategic decisions on wildland–urban interface fires. The time and resources required to set up the systems, water volumes used, structural damage, and structure temperatures were investigated.
FPInnovations performed two case studies in the Northwest Territories to evaluate the effectiveness of sprinkler systems and aqueous gel for the protection of structures from wildfire. This report presents the results from the second study. The study results may assist fire suppression personnel when making strategic decisions on wildland–urban interface fires. The time and resources required to set up the systems, water volumes used, structural damage from wildfire, and structure temperatures were investigated.
FPInnovations a étudié l’efficacité de systèmes de gicleurs et de gel aqueux pour la protection des structures contre les incendies forestiers. Les résultats de l’étude pourraient aider le personnel impliqué dans la prise de décisions stratégiques sur les incendies à l’interface des espaces verts et des zones urbaines. Le temps et les ressources requis pour installer les systèmes, les volumes d’eau utilisés, les dommages aux structures, ainsi que les températures des structures ont fait l’objet d’investigation.
FPInnovations has developed a wildfire chemical roadmap to determine the cost and effectiveness of the wildfire chemicals used in Canada.
As part of the roadmap, a survey was developed to gather wildfire chemical use data from Canadian wildland fire agencies. The objective of this survey was to gather information on the current use of wildfire chemicals in Canada and to provide an overview of the state of the practice among Canadian wildland fire agencies.