Employee Safety

Firefighter and employee safety is a core value and is intrinsic in all areas of wildland fire management

All fire management plans and activities must reflect this commitment. The commitment to and accountability for safety is a joint responsibility of all firefighters, managers, and administrators. In addition, the importance of firefighter and employee health cannot be understated.

The first thing a firefighter learns and the most important things to remember on the job are the 10 Standard Firefighting Orders & 18 Watch Out Situations. Known as the "10" and "18."

Forest Chain Saw Safety

Safety is Everyone's Responsibility

The goal of the fire safety and health program is to provide direction and guidance for safe and effective management in all activities. Safety is the responsibility of everyone assigned to wildland fire, and must be practiced at all operational levels from the national fire director, regional director, superintendent, to employees in the field. Firefighter and public safety always takes precedence over property and resource loss.

Safety Resources

  • Burn Center Contact List

    Current listing of burn care facilities in the United States.

  • Fatality Investigations

    In order to learn from past tragedies, the reports, findings, and action plans, relating to fire fighter fatalities are posted at the WLF fatality investigations page and at the official Fire Lessons Learned Center.

  • Hazard Tree Safety from the Hazard Tree and Tree Felling Task Group

    The intent of this website is to enhance a principle base approach to manage the risk of hazard trees in order to help firefighters continue to learn and stay safe in the wildland fire environment.

  • 10 Standard Firefighting Orders & 18 Watch Out Situations

    The intent of this website is to enhance a principle base approach to manage the risk of hazard trees in order to help firefighters continue to learn and stay safe in the wildland fire environment.

  • Work Capacity Test

    Wildland Firefighting and other forms of field-work demand a high level of fitness to safely perform arduous, day-long work in difficult environmental conditions, including steep terrain, extreme temperatures, altitude, and smoke, and to meet unforeseen emergencies.

  • FireFit Program

    This program was created with the intent to provide the interagency wildland fire community with a comprehensive, easy-to-follow, fitness program with the ultimate goal of improving firefighter safety and health and reducing injuries.

  • Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center Communities

    Technology dedicated to sharing the value of your knowledge throughout your community of practice. Sponsored by Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center.

  • Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center

    The Center exists to improve safe work performance and organizational learning in interagency wildland fire.

  • Fit to Work

    Firefighting and other forms of fieldwork demand a high level of fitness to safely perform arduous day-long work in difficult environmental conditions.

  • Fitness Challenge

    The national fire operations fitness challenge encourages and recognizes achievement in physical fitness by NPS firefighters. The fitness challenge provides a common system by which NPS firefighters can measure current fitness, establish fitness goals and track fitness improvement. The fitness challenge is voluntary, but NPS firefighters are encouraged to participate.

  • Lookouts, Communications, Escape Routes, Safety Zones

    Known as LCES—the four items MUST be established and known by ALL firefighters BEFORE needed.

  • Risk Management Committee—National Wildfire Coordinating Group

    Committed to creating a safe work environment for the wildland fire community.

  • Six Minutes for Safety

    On a daily basis, addresses the high risk situations that historically trouble firefighters.

  • Wildland Fire Safety and Health Reporting Network

    Wildland Fire Safety & Health Reporting Network (SAFENET) is a method for reporting and resolving safety concerns encountered in wildland fire, prescribed fire or all risk operations.

  • Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher (WFSTAR)

    The web site, updated annually, offers guidance, agency policies, emerging issues, training materials and topics to assist instructors in preparing to teach annual refresher training.