Petrilli, Tony . 2011. Fire Shelter Inspection Guide and Rebag Direction. 1151 2301P. Missoula, MT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Missoula Technology and Development Center. 6 p.
This tech tip explains how to inspect fire shelters and the polyvinyl chloride (PVC) bags that protect them. Three signs—a dark gray color of the PVC bag, holes in the bag, and water in the bag—point to excessive shelter wear. A 1-page guide is included to help firefighters decide whether a shelter is still serviceable, whether it can be rebagged for fireline use, or whether the shelter needs to be taken out of service.
Keywords: deployments, equipment, fire, inspections, New Generation fire shelter, PPE, PVC, quality control, safety at work, training, wildland fire fighting, wildland firefighting
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