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Fire Shelters. What is so new about the New Generation Fire Shelter. Standard Fire Shelter. Developed in 1960s Laminate of fiberglass and aluminum foil Designed to reflect radiant heat Rapidly damaged by flames. Standard Fire Shelter. Deployed more than 1,100 times ½ Precautionary - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Fire SheltersWhat is so new about the New Generation Fire Shelter

  • Standard Fire ShelterDeveloped in 1960sLaminate of fiberglass and aluminum foilDesigned to reflect radiant heatRapidly damaged by flames

  • Standard Fire ShelterDeployed more than 1,100 times Precautionary Prevented serious burns Saved life of occupantApproximately 20 fatalities

  • Fire Shelter Development1999: Discovery of potential flammabilityResponse:New training materialsJanuary 2000 MTDC is asked to develop new shelter

  • Santiago Shelter Deployment

  • Additional TrainingThis training class is additional information regarding the new generation fire shelter.It is not designed to be used as initial fire shelter training or solely as the training you need to meet annual requirements.Practicing with your fire shelter is part of the annual wildland refresher requirement.If you need initial training, please contact the Training Division or your supervisor.

  • Supporting Documents

    Briefing Paper

    Firefighters Concerned About Fire Shelter Length

    Tony Petrilli Fire Shelter Project Leader MTDCApril 14, 2008

  • Basic DesignThe new shelter has a dome design instead of the tent design previously usedThis new shape is more aerodynamic and rounded to better reflect radiant heat

  • New Shelter DesignMore efficient use of materialShape to minimize absorption of radiant heatAllows person to lie prone

  • New Shelter DesignRounder shape Rounded ends scatter radiant heatAlthough it has less airspace, it performs better than the old-style shelter

  • Radiant HeatInternal temperatures in radiant heat tests.The new generation shelter will have less heat impact inside from the radiant heatIt is still temperatures that may cause burns

  • It is much worse outside!Remember to stay inside your shelter until conditions have greatly improved on the outside. Some firefighters have lost their lives leaving their shelters too soon.

  • Direct Flame ContactInternal temperatures in direct flame tests.The flames burned through the old-style shelter within 15 sec.

  • Touching Shelter MaterialWith less airspace, some firefighters are concerned about the hot shelter material touching them during deployment.During tests the shelter was exposed to direct flame contact between 1,472 F to 1,652 Fahrenheit.After 7 seconds of flame contact the inner surface was 376 F. After 18 seconds the inner surface temperature reached 318

  • Direct Flame ImpingmentThe material of the new shelter remained intact and provided protection from the flames for the duration of the 1 minute test.The old shelter when tested allowed flames to enter the shelter after 15 seconds.

  • Other Design FeaturesDeployment Handles make it easier to hold while deploying in extreme winds.Hold down straps to keep shelter in place during deploymentsThe new quick pull strap was designed to help remove the shelter from its case.

  • Two SizesThe new shelters are not one size fits all.Regular and Large.The Large shelter has an orange pull strap and has the word LARGE stenciled on the end of the strap.

  • Sizing

  • You should be able toLie face down inside the shelter while wearing a hardhat and boots without pushing against the ends of the shelter.Lie in the shelter with your arms through the hold down straps.Fold your elbows next to your chest and protect the sides of your face with your hands with only minimal contact with the sides of the shelter.

  • Shelters Dimensions

  • RecommendationsAny firefighter taller than 6 feet 1 inch should carry the large shelter. Any firefighter whose girth is larger than 53 inches at any point should also carry the large shelter. Those shorter than 5 7 should carry the regular size.These measurements should include your height with helmet and boots on.

  • What is best for you?For those firefighters in between, it is their choice of which size to carry.See the information in the supporting documents to find out what size fire shelter you should wear!Practice deploying both size shelters under varying conditions to determine which size is best for you.

  • Too Short..It is important to recognize that shorter people have much more difficulty deploying and holding down the large size fire shelter, especially in high winds. While extra air space does provide more protection, being unable to hold down a large shelter could result in catastrophic injury or death.

  • New vs. Old Shelter

  • Case StudiesFire Shelter Deployments

  • Alabaugh FireIn this deployment, two firefighters shared one regular size New Generation Fire Shelter. Before entering the shelter both firefighters were receiving burns. After entering the shelter they received no further burns even though they had extensive direct contact with the shelter material. Both firefighters felt that the fire shelter saved their lives.

  • RecommendationsOne of the recommendations from the Alabaugh Fire Shelter Deployment Report was that firefighters practice deployments with an actual New Generation Fire Shelter in order to become as proficient as possible. This would also give firefighters the most realistic expectations and training for a potential shelter deployment.

  • Little Venus FireThis report shows photos of the deployment with firefighters inside both old-style and new shelters. The firefighters, varying in height and weight, reported contact with shelter material in both old-style and new style fire shelters. Whichever shelter (old or new) or size, there will be contact with shelter material while a firefighter is deployed in a shelter.

  • InjuriesThis translated into a burn injury for only one firefighter; the firefighter who carried an old-style shelter with a 43-inch tear received a inch blister where his elbow pressed against the material. The firefighters credited the fire shelters with saving their lives.

  • Little Venus Fire Deployment

  • Both of these reports are available in the additional resources section at the end of this presentation

  • Your Fire ShelterNew Generation Fire Shelter TrainingClick Here for textbookClick Here for video

  • Refolding ProceduresUsed on Practice Fire Shelters

  • Refolding the Practice Shelter

  • Additional Resources

  • The End