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Federal Wildland Fire Suppression 2018 Budget Review: What it Means for This Fire Season

Every fiscal year ends with voting on proposals for the upcoming year’s budget. New administration means new plans and proposals. Here, we will give a brief overview of the Federal wildland suppression budget for fiscal year 2018 and what it means for wildland firefighting efforts this fire season. Here is an excerpt from America First:… Continue reading Federal Wildland Fire Suppression 2018 Budget Review: What it Means for This Fire Season

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The Benefits of Proper Handmade Boot Fitting

When it comes to wildland firefighter, gear matters. You depend on your gear to help you do your job, keep you safe, and stay comfortable for hours on end. There isn’t a piece of gear that works harder than your wildland fire boots. Firefighters spend hours on their feet and need to be able to… Continue reading The Benefits of Proper Handmade Boot Fitting

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The Importance of a Great Helmet (And Why You’ll Love the New VF3)

Helmets and firefighting go hand-in-hand. They have a long history together! The first firefighting helmets can be dated back to the 1730’s, when the all-leather helmets were used in New York City. It took about a hundred years for the helmet to develop into the one that we’re more familiar with today. Helmets have become… Continue reading The Importance of a Great Helmet (And Why You’ll Love the New VF3)

Wildfire Preparedness

Junk In, Junk Out: Eating to Maximize Your Potential

Healthy eating is important for everyone. But there is an added layer of importance when it comes to a wildland firefighter. That’s because eating healthy could make the difference between life and death. It might seem like an extreme statement at first, but think about it; fueling your body with the right nutrients can give… Continue reading Junk In, Junk Out: Eating to Maximize Your Potential

Wildfire Preparedness

What In Your Pack? These Are The Most Popular Items

We’ve been providing high-quality forest fire equipment since 1991. We’ve seen innovations in the industry that have increased safety and efficiency, and we’ve seen trends that have come and gone. While there have been big changes to wildland firefighting over the last 25 years or so, the essentials have largely stayed the same. A lot… Continue reading What In Your Pack? These Are The Most Popular Items

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Be Firewise: Wildland Fire Fighting by Defending Your Own Home

It is true that wildfires are just that — wild. Wildfires are unplanned, unpredicted, and definitely unwanted, but if you live in an area that is prone to wildfires, don’t rely on good luck and brave wildland firefighters to come to your rescue. Many homes are lost each year to wildfires, and when a large… Continue reading Be Firewise: Wildland Fire Fighting by Defending Your Own Home

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9 Holiday Gift Ideas for the Firefighter in Your Life

The holidays are here! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, something else, or nothing at all; it's always fun to give and receive presents. You might be thinking that it's a little late to be Christmas shopping, but if you are anything like me, procrastination is unavoidable and you are now scrambling to get everything… Continue reading 9 Holiday Gift Ideas for the Firefighter in Your Life

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5 Mitigation Mistakes That Make Wildland Homes Go Up In Flames

What is wildland urban interface? Generally speaking, wildland urban interface refers to the zone of transition between unoccupied land and human development. It is the line, area, or zone where structures and other human development meet or intermingle with undeveloped wildland or vegetative fuels. Communities adjacent to and surrounded by wildlands are at varying degrees… Continue reading 5 Mitigation Mistakes That Make Wildland Homes Go Up In Flames

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14 Things We LOVE about Wildland Firefighters

It's that time of year again! Everywhere you go you are reminded to let those you care about know how you feel about them. It is in this spirit that we have been thinking about our heroes, and alas, our sentimentality has produced 14 Things We LOVE about Wildland Firefighters: They’re selfless, risking their own… Continue reading 14 Things We LOVE about Wildland Firefighters

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3 Effective Strategies Wildland Firefighters can use for Better Health

Though a few extra pounds may not be an issue for the average Joe, firefighters demand much more from their bodies; the ability to perform at a very high level in very dangerous situations could mean the difference between life and death. Yet obesity/overweight rates in firefighters is staggering, far surpassing the national average... [&] over half of all firefighter deaths are due to heart disease (often related to diet and an otherwise preventable health issue). Though perhaps daunting, these facts cannot persist, so in true firefighter fashion, we are going to confront this problem head on.