Crew Boss training in the 1940s

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?”

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

2 thoughts on “Crew Boss training in the 1940s”

  1. Gloves, we don’t need no stinkin gloves. Too many “one liners” seems funny today. “headlamps, leave them on the truck probably want need them”. I saw this training film shortly after I was hired in June 1964. I think it was filmed on the Angeles in the early 60’s That would be 1960’s.


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