January 15, 2017
Welcome to Rocky Mountain Fire Company. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 406-239-2484 to arrange inspection of equipment, verification of personnel qualifications or inquire about our wildland fire training program. Also, if you have information to share we can do that.
Some news notes:
RMFC is recruiting Engine Boss, FFT2/1 class A or B faller and firefighters for the 2017 fire season. RMFC will be fielding a Type II hand Crew, 5 type 3 engines and 3 Type 6 engines in 2017. Our primary fire base is Missoula MT
Region 6 (OR and WA) implemented an equipment inspection and firefighter qualification verification process in 2016. It is quite similar to Region 1. The 2016 transition was very successful.
The 2016 solicitation for water handling equipment from Region 1 should be updated soon. No significant changes are in store. We should have all our SAM and VIPR stuff updated. The password updates alone drive us nuts!. Be ready.
RMFC is putting together a one day short course for contractors issues such as US DOL labor law, MT labor law, VIPR, SAM, dispatch equipment inspections, Firefighter verifications, harasment in the work place, background checks and drug testing. and a few more issues. We hope to put this together by March 2017. If contractors are interested, give us a call at 406-239-2484.
We are open for business for our 2017 fire training and fire qualification verification programs. If you have any questions call Troy at 406-239-2484.
We have installed a new fire training center at 415 North Higgins #9 in Missoula MT Next to Wordens Deli). Several RT-130 and FFT2 classes will be held there in 2017. Class size is restricted to 12-15 persons however we intend to increase class frequency during 2017. The Training center will also see considerable use as we up date RMFC personnel.
We substantially revised our RT-130 refresher course in 2015, expanding the entrapment avoidance and safety sections with a simulation exercise. We are updating our program for 2017 with a new incident. Be prepared for a 5-6 hour day
In 2014, We added an additional day for hose lays and engine operations to our FFT@ course. In 2016 we added an additional moduel for Hand Crew personnel. This went well from contractor feed back. Our Engine Bosses were pleased with the additional skill sets that new FFT2 folks had on assignment in 2016. Thank you Grant Creek Inn for allowing us to make Initial Attack Lays in the hall again in 2016!
We are changed out the hose load in our type 3 engines to be better equipped for initial attack, direct attack and point protection. Hose bed includes 1 each 1 1/2″ x 200′ triple fold lay with 3/8″ tips and A 4-pack combination 1,000′ progressive lay. This worked very well in the 2014 fire season – Washington, Oregon, and California. We also used up a case of wax to shine like bling alongside the California agency trucks. It pays to look good.
last year we are adding Apple I-Pad Minnie II to a few engines to improve data communications, GPS, time reporting and photos. This will be extended to all fire engines and the type II crew in 2017. We think the future is here now.
In 2016 we were required to have new chainsaw chaps. Make sure chaps you buy are UL , FS specification and NFPA 1977 approved. There must be a lable sewn on the chap stating this or they do not meet specifications. cost may run from $175 to 200.00 per pair.
Montana La Nina is doing well. It may have peaked. In the next 3 months we might move to a position between La Nina and El Nino. We may be in a neutral position by May. What will happen in July and August? keep watch.
As the Montana Representative on the National Wildfire Suppression Association, I will be attending the national convention in Reno. This 2-day event is an excellent source of useful current information.Agency representatives, fire weather forecasters and the Department of Labor will be in attendance.More to follow.
The NWSA is a sound organization. We urge contractors to consider taking advantage of the services offered by membership. Be safe!.