The 1960s film
Man Against Fire is one of the classics.
The objective of the USFS film must have been to educate the general public about what is involved in suppressing a large wildland fire.
I love the voice of the narrator, Fire Boss “Doug Maxwell”. Unfortunately he was not given a credit in the film. Anyone know who it was?
Kudos to the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center for putting these on video and uploading them to YouTube. I only wish they had converted them in a resolution better than 240p.
These two videos, part 1 and part 2, were salvaged from the
Crew Boss training film made in the 1940s, long before most current firefighters were born.
What were your favorite parts of the film? Here’s one. Someone asks the Crew Boss who just arrived at the fire camp with his crew, “Any experience with large fires?”
This is an early fire prevention film from southern California. Any guesses when it was made?
Firefighters in the 1950s were cautioned in this film about what NOT to do, and advised to use the “modern method of fireline organization. Every man is working. Loafing is reduced to the absolute minimum”.
Some of the principles explained in the film are still valid today.
It is divided into Part 1 (above) and Part 2 (below).
A late 1940s era training film showing some of the latest firefighting techniques and fire science.
Here is another classic film about wildland fire, titled
Building the Fire Line, 1940s vintage.
Below are some screen shots.
One of the firefighters in “Building the Fireline”.
What did you find most interesting about the film?