THE TIME TO GEAR UP FOR 2019 WILDLAND FIREFIGHTING IS NOW
By Robert Avsec
Wildfire season in 2018 was catastrophic for many parts of the western U.S., particularly California. And 2019 isn’t shaping up to be much better, given the effects of climate change on weather patterns, especially rainfall.
The time to prepare for your fire department's wildland firefighting equipment and personal protective clothing needs for 2019 is now. Last year’s heavy wildfire activity had fire departments and vendors alike scrambling to get the wildland firefighting equipment and protective clothing they needed. That demand was exacerbated by the extraordinary number of requests for additional firefighters from across the U.S. to respond to those fires in California and other western states.