How to configure a Heavy Equipment Task Force

As used in the Northern Rockies

Heavy Equipment Task Force fire

(Above: screenshot from the video below)

The Northern Rockies Coordinating Group worked with the Montana Logging Association to create this video to educate fire managers about the concept and configuration of Heavy Equipment Task Forces used on timber fires in the Northern Rockies Geographic Area.

The task forces can be configured with the following pieces of equipment:

  • Feller buncher
  • Rubber tired skidder
  • Type 2 Dozer
  • Drop tank skidgen or pumper cat
  • Transport trucks
  • Optional: excavator, boom-mounted masticator, or a second feller buncher

The first 8 minutes and 15 seconds covers how the task forces are organized and fit into the incident management organization. The rest goes into detail about the capabilities of each category of equipment.

The anonymous producer, director, editor, and videographer obviously put a great deal of work into creating this video, using dozens and dozens of clips that clearly illustrate everything mentioned in the narrative. They should get the credit they deserve.


(If the embedded video does not appear above it may be because the Northern Rockies Geographic Area file was moved. If that happens and you know the new location, let us know.)

Thanks and a tip of the hat go out to Eric. Typos or errors, report them HERE.

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. Google+

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