In this classrooom session, Lieutenant Edward A. Wright takes a look at the wildland-urban interface, an increasingly prevalent area of focus in the fire service. As urban sprawl continues around the world, more and more firefighters are called on to work in the wildland-urban interface. Wildland incidents can often seem overwhelming to the inexperienced firefighter. Applying the experience gained from his career, Lt. Wright walks through a wildland incident and discusses the various issues involved. He discusses ICS, managing risk, structural triage, and structural protection tactics to ensure that all firefighters and officers are on the same page during these large incidents. It is crucial that every firefighter has the ability to adapt quickly and operate effectively during wildland-urban interface fires.
About the Actor
Lieutenant Edward A. Wright retired in January 2013 as senior officer with the Poulsbo Fire Department (Washington) and lead wildland instructor and officer for the Kitsap Wildland Team. His public service career spans more than 30 years with rural and municipal fire departments and federal land management agencies. He continues to serve as a fire science instructor at Bates College in Tacoma, Washington, a training mentor for fire agencies in Africa, and an incident commander with the U.S. Forest Service.