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FIRING EQUIPMENT SL 5-1-1. Hand Firing Devices Classified as a flammable solid –Consult MSDS 4320.18 SL2.

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1 FIRING EQUIPMENT SL 5-1-1

2 Hand Firing Devices Classified as a flammable solid –Consult MSDS SL2

3 Fusees Used to ignite fine fuels –Grass –Forest litter Characteristics –Light weight –Portable –Produces a 2-4” flame –Suitable for small projects –Readily available –Available in 5 to 30 minute burn times –Wands can be assembled –Not the same as road flares; do not burn as hot or long –Classified as flammable solid SL3

4 Correct Method SL4 Back straight Eyes and head pivoting

5 Drip Torch Characteristics –Capable of handling most firing operations –Used to ignite all fuel types Forest litter Grass Brush Ladder fuels Heavy fuels –Easily Carried on engines and utility vehicles SL5

6 Parts Know your torch

7 Drip Torch Liquid fuel device –Fill only ¾ full –2 parts diesel fuel –1 part gasoline Fuel classified as a combustible liquid SL7

8 Drip Torch at Work SL SL8

9 SL 9 Application Methods Trail torch slightly behind you or... Swing torch back and forth beside body from front to back –Do not swing torch side to side in front of body and walk through lit fire –Only apply amount of fire necessary to achieve desired results Extinguishment –Upon completion of assignment or if standing by for extended periods, blow out wick

10 Drip Torch Safety Possible problems –Defective vent/clogged –Improper mix –Poor gasket seal SL10

11 Drip Torch Safety Fuel may “spurt” out of spout when hot. Do not get unburned fuel on PPE Maintain spacing with other crew members to ensure lit fuel does not hit anyone as it is applied SL11

12 Terra Torch SL12 SL The Terra Torch requires separate and specific training prior to use.

13 Characteristics Used when other ignition devices are ineffective Range up to 100 feet Requires specialized training Requires crew of 2 or more SL

14 Charactersitics Trailer mount Skid mount SL14

15 Characteristics Fuel is a mixture of alumagel/surefire and gasoline Dispenses fuel under pressure through a hand held nozzle Classified as a flammable liquid SL15

16 Terra Torch Hazards Radiant heat –Rotate personnel –Additional PPE For thermal protection Mixing Fuel SL16

17 PROJECTED AERIAL DEVICES

18 Very Pistols SL18

19 Very Pistol Best in light contiguous fuels Extended reach SL 19

20 Very Pistol Characteristics –Specialized flare launcher requiring operator to be qualified before use –Burn time of approximately 8 seconds at 1,400°F –12 gauge and 25 mm –Classified as an explosive 1.4 and flammable solid –Range up to 375 feet SL20

21 Very Pistol 25 mm w / Insert Adapter 12 Gauge Insert 25 mm SL21

22 Very Pistol Hazards –Firing Communicate to personnel I.D. target Use hearing protection SL22

23 Very Pistol Hazards (continued) –Misfires Communicate to personnel Repeat firing sequence If round doesn’t fire –Keep pointed down range for three seconds –Remove round –Store in an approved container –Ship to disposal facility –Accidental Firing SL23

24 Very Pistol Beware of ricochet

25 Fire Quick Flare Launcher SL25

26 Fire Quick Flare Launcher Follow manufacturer’s recommendation Used by qualified personnel only SL26

27 Fire Quick Flare Launcher Characteristics –Specialized launcher requiring operator training –Uses 22 caliber blanks –Launches 1 inch diameter flares –Range up to 300 feet –Burns approx. 6 to 8 seconds at 4000°F –Aerial burst covers 10 to 20 feet Monitor wind direction and speed –Classified as 1.4 explosive and flammable solid SL27

28 Fire Quick Flare Launcher Hazards –Communicate to personnel before firing –Hearing protection required –Misfires Communicate to personnel when a misfire occurs Repeat firing sequence Treat faulty 22 caliber rounds the same as Very Pistol rounds SL28

29 Fire Quick Flare Launcher Dud Flares –Identify flare location to personnel –Do not approach flare until area is cooled off and flare is safe to approach –Dispose of flare in accordance with disposal guidelines SL29

30 Fire Quick Flare Launcher Firing the Launcher –Load 22 cal. cylinder SL30

31 Fire Quick Flare Launcher Firing the Launcher (cont.) –Insert flare Directional arrow SL31

32 Firing the Fire Quick Flare Launcher Firing the Launcher –Communicate to personnel before firing –ID target –Aim at 45 degree angle –Pull trigger

33 Fire Quick Flare Launcher Photo of flare aerial burst SL33

34 Hand Thrown Flares 1.5 and 2.5 inch flares Follow manufacturer’s recommendations for use Used in all fuel types SL34

35 Hand Thrown Flares Characteristics –Fuse burn time 30 to 40 seconds –Flare burn time 6 to 8 seconds at 4,000°F –Ignited material covers 30 to 60 foot diameter –Classified as a flammable solid SL35

36 Hand Thrown Flares Preparing flare For use 1.Expose fuse SL36

37 Hand Thrown Flares –Arrow on flare directs the direction of throw SL37

38 Hand Thrown Flares 2.Light fuse SL38

39 Hand Thrown Flares 3.Throw flare –Must be thrown a minimum distance of 100 feet from personnel, equipment, and control lines SL39

40 Hand Thrown Flares Flare ignition SL40

41 IGNITION DEVICES USED WITH AIRCRAFT

42 Helitorch Used in all fuel types –Can ignite fuels with high fuel moisture –Capable of burning standing fuel and continuous surface fuel beds

43 Helitorch Produces large amounts of fire in a short period

44 Helitorch Characteristics –Used as an external sling load under rotary wing aircraft –Uses aluma-gel/surefire and gasoline mix Consult MSDS –Can reach areas not accessible by ground –Classified as a flammable liquid SL44

45 Plastic Sphere Dispenser / Aerial Ignition Device internal load SL45

46 Plastic Sphere Dispenser / Aerial Ignition Device Requires less time to initiate than a helitorch To be effective, requires 1 hour fuel bed Requires special training to operate SL46

47 Plastic Sphere Dispenser / Aerial Ignition Device Ignition results from 1 cc of ethylene glycol being injected into the ball which is filled with potassium permanganate –This forms an exothermic (heat producing) reaction SL47

48 Plastic Sphere Dispenser / Aerial Ignition Device Characteristics –Normally used with rotary wing aircraft –Mounted internally –Classified as an oxidizer Consult MSDS SL48

49 Plastic Sphere Dispenser / Aerial Ignition Device Dispersal rates can be varied by –Aircraft speed –Altitude –Machine dispersal rate SL49

50 Firing Equipment Are you and your firing equipment ready? SL50


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