In light of the hazardous nature of firefighting, SAFETY is of the utmost importance. The journalist observing fireline operations should understand that all safety and fireline practices will be strictly followed while on a wildland incident.
One of the most important aspects of firefighter safety is physical conditioning. In the past, several journalists have arrived with the hope of observing Smokejumpers in an operational setting only to be turned back because they were not physically prepared for the challenge. In some cases the journalist has had to be medivaced out by the jump crew that is dealing with the fire. Media representatives should be aware of the demanding nature of firefighting and plan accordingly.