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Engine Crews

Engine Crews are teams of career and temporary agency employees that uphold a tradition of excellence and have solid reputations as multi-skilled professional firefighters.

Crews are used for initial attack, suppression of large fires, support of management ignited fires, patrolling, and providing structure protection. These crews range in size from 3 to 10 firefighters and work with specialized firefighting equipment and perform many strenuous activities, including construction of fireline with hand tools, hose lays, burnout operations, and mopping up hotspots near the fire's edge.

Photo of a wildland fire engineWildland fire engines they use carries special equipment to spray water, foam, and chemicals. The engines are able to carry up to 800 gallons of water. Many wildland fire engines are also equipped with four wheel drive and special equipment for off-road use.

Engine Crews use many tools for their jobs. The main tool is hose lines and water to fight fires and they can lay these lines for many miles and up steep mountain slopes. Engine Crews are skilled in hoselays, fitting identification and use, portable pump setup, use of foam, hosepack construction and deployment, and engine operations. The engines also carry equipment for medical situations and the crews are trained to provide aid to victim's until more qualified responders can get there.

Crews are also trained in line construction and the use of pulaskis, chainsaws, radios, portable pumps, and fire to create a "fuel break " between the fire and unburned fuel. They are very versatile as are their skills.

A typical day for an engine crew includes project work (trail maintenance, thinning, assisting with timber sales, etc.), equipment maintenance, and drills. When on a fire their hours are long and demanding.
Links to Crew sites:

Lost River Fire Crew

Mormon Lake Engines

Naches Engine Crews



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