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Research and Publications Database

The NRFSN research and publications database leads users to regionally relevant fire science. There are more than 2,200 documents, which have been carefully categorized by the NRFSN to highlight topics and ecosystems important in the Northern Rockies Region. Categorized resources include records from the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP), Fire Research and Management Exchange System (FRAMES), and Fire Effects Information System (FEIS).

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The perpetuation of fire-dependent forests requires an understanding of fire ecology and fire behavior not only by scientists and managers, but also by the public (U.S. Department of Interior and U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1995). FireWorks is a plastic trunk that contains educational materials and lessons designed to increase...
Author(s): Jane Kapler Smith
Year Published: 2000
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
FireWorks is an educational program for students in grades 1-10. The program consists of the curriculum in this report and a trunk of laboratory materials, specimens, and reference materials. It provides interactive, hands-on activities for studying fire ecology, fire behavior, and the influences of people on three fire-dependent...
Author(s): Jane Kapler Smith, Nancy E. McMurray
Year Published: 2000
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Smoke exposure measurements among firefighters at wildfires in the Western United States between 1992 and 1995 showed that altogether most exposures were not significant, between 3 and 5 percent of the shift-average exposures exceeded occupational exposure limits for carbon monoxide and respiratory irritants. Exposure to benzene and...
Author(s): Timothy E. Reinhardt, Roger D. Ottmar
Year Published: 2000
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Wildland fire operations are conducted in a high-risk environment. Individuals involved in all aspects of fire management are subject to the dangers of burnovers, vehicle and aircraft accidents, and medical emergencies. Between 1990 and 1998, 133 individuals died while involved in wildland fire activities (Figure 1). These deaths...
Author(s): Richard Mangan
Year Published: 1999
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
This Phase III report of the interagency "Wildland Firefighter Safety Awareness" project presents over 200 recommendations for improving the organizational culture, leadership, human factors and external influences that affect wildland firefighter safety. Together they are a set of detailed implementation strategies for meeting the...
Year Published: 1998
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Anyone who has ever tried building fireline on rocky land knows there has been a need for an inexpensive, efficient piece of equipment to do this job. We've recently invented a simple fireline plow to build fireline in such terrain. Fireline construction with this plow makes less of an impact on the environment, and it may cost less...
Author(s): Nathan P. Arno, Stephen F. Arno
Year Published: 1996
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This report summarizes the results of Phase II of a four phase study to examine the Federal wildland firefighting community and to improve firefighter safety. The first phase described the strengths and problem areas of the current organizational culture, and considered leadership and accountability issues, human factors, and...
Year Published: 1996
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
There are many characterizations of wildland firefighters and their work culture. These characterizations vary across all levels of organizations, jurisdictions and types of jobs. As closely held as these perceptions are, as confident as each of us is with our own perceptions--it begs the question of what a systematic look at...
Year Published: 1996
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Atwood notes that while managers must adopt a passion for safety, the true tet is on the fire line. Supervisors are in charge of making decisions that ultimately put safety first.  Atwood argues that improvement will not come from the top down, or the outside in, and that firefighting experience is the most critical factor in...
Author(s): George Atwood
Year Published: 1996
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This article is a detailed reconstruction of firefighter behavior and personal protective equipment use on the South Canyon Fire.  Putnam reveals two failures that contributed to the deaths of 14 firefighters.  First, many firefighters held onto their tools and packs during the escape effort.  This slowed them down...
Author(s): Ted Putnam
Year Published: 1995
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article

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These resources are compiled in partnership with the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP), Fire Research and Management Exchange System (FRAMES), and Fire Effects Information System (FEIS).