Like most students I don’t know that I took the best advantage of my American history classes as I could have, or should have. It’s not until you become a bit older that you soon realize that history is wasted on the young.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to spend a few hours with members of “Korean War Veterans, National chapter #1”. It was not enough time to spend with this group and I’m hoping for more down the road.
It’s the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War that started when the North Korean Communist troops invadedSouth Korea on June 25, 1950. Well not really called a war it was a “Police Action” where 57,976 lives were lost, over 54,246 were from the U.S.; 103,284 U.S. soldiers were wounded, 8,177 were MIA (missing in action), and 7,140 were POWs (prisoners of war). Other countries suffered the loss of 3,730 lives; 12,146 were wounded, 379 were MIA, 1,376 were POWs. More than 3 million civilians lost their lives.
It is called the “Forgotten War” but it is hard to forget when you get the opportunity to speak with some of these men and those Korean Americans who helped us all remember that “Freedom is not Free”. Just happens that these words are etched into the Korean War Memorial inWashington,DC.
THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO SURVIVE!
DO NOT BE STUPID AND PUT YOURSELF AND OTHERS AT RISK!
Wildland Safety Gear:
- $14.50 Wildland Gloves
- $70.00 Nomex Shirt*
- $70.00 Nomex Pants*
- $25.00 Wildland helmet Model FH911C
- (n/a) Wildland helmet assembly
- $23.00 Goggles
- $109.00 Fire Shelter (No Norair Lancs/Plastics, Metor Plastics or Cecile units)
- $20.00 Wildland Nomex hood
- $44.95 Web Gear (holds two canteens* Not included, fire shelter and fanny pack)
- $20.00 Two canteens
- $150.00 Boots
Total: $546.45 per team member (COST MAY BE HIGHER)
Standards for Fire Survival
“Watch Out Situation”
- Fire not scouted and sized up
- In country not seen daylight
- Safety zones and escape routes not identified
- Unfamiliar with weather and local factors influencing fire behavior
- Uninformed on strategy, tactics and hazards
- Instructions and assignments not clear
- No communication link with crew members or supervisor
- Constructing fireline without safe anchor point
- Building fireline downhill with fire below
- Attempting frontal assault on fire
- Unburned fuel between you and the fire
- Cannot see main fire, not in contact with anyone who can see main fire
- On a hillside where rolling material can ignite fuel below
- Weather getting hotter and drier
- Wind increases and/or changes direction
- Getting frequent spot fires across line
- Terrain and fuels make escape to safety zones difficult
- Taking a nap near the fireline
Environmental conditions that increase snag hazards:
- Strong winds
- Night operations
- Steep slopes
- Diseased or bug-kill areas
Hazard tree indicators:
- Trees have been burning for an extended period
- High risk tree species (rot and shallow root system)
- Numerous down trees
- Dead or broken tops and limbs overhead
- Accumulation of down limbs
- Absence of needles, bark or limbs
- Leaning or hung-up trees
Safety Zone Guidelines
- Avoid locations that are downward from the fire.
- Avoid locations that are in chimneys, saddles or narrow canyons
- Avoid locations that require a steep uphill escape route (greater than 50%)
- Take advantage of heat barriers such as lee side of ridges, large rocks, or solid structures
- Burn out safety zones prior to flame front approach
For radiant heat only, the distance of separation between the firefighter and the flames must be at least four times the maximum flame height. This distance must be maintained on all sides, if the fire has the ability to burn completely around the safety zone.
EXAMPE: Ten foot high flames equals forty feet of safety from firefighter to flame approx. 1/10 of and acre (One acre is approximately the size of a football field or exactly 208 feet x 208 feet.)
Burn Injury Treatment:
- Remove person from heat source, extinguish with water.
- Provide basic first air
First Degree – Affected skin’s outer layer. Redness, mild swelling, tenderness, mild to moderate pain.
Second Degree – Extends through entire outer layer and into inner layer of skin. Blisters, swelling, weeping of fluids and severe pain.
Third Degree – Extends through all skin layers and into underlying fat, muscle, bone, Discoloration (charred white or cherry red), leathery, parchment-like, dry appearance. Pain is absent.
“ RULE OF NINE” for determining area of burn:
Back/Front Torso 18%
Right/Left arm 9%
Right/Left leg 9%
- Cut away burned clothing. DO NOT cut away clothing stuck to burned skin.
- Apply cool, clear water over burned area. DO NOT soak person or use cold water and ice packs. This encourages hypothermia.
- Cover burned area with sterile dressing, moisten with saline solution, and apply dry dressing on top.
- For severe burns or burns covering large area of body-wrap in clean, sterile sheet followed by plastic sheet. Place inside sleeping bag or cover with insulated blanket.
- Avoid hypothermia and overheating
- Monitor airway, breathing and circulation (ABCs) and keep burned areas moist.
Last Resort Survival:
Escape if you can:
- Drop any gear not needed for fire shelter deployment
- You might be able to hold fire shelter as a heat shield as you move.
- In LIGHT FUELS you may be able to move back through the flames into the burned area.
- If you are on the flank of the fire, try to get below the fire.
- Consider vehicles or helicopters for escape
Find a survivable area:
- Stay out of hazardous terrain features
- Use bodies of water that are more than two feet deep
- In LIGHT FULES you may be able to light an escape fire
- In other fuels, you may be able to light a backfire
“For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair.”
-Anne Morrow Lindbergh-
SOME JUST BIGGER THAN OTHERS
Members of the Philippine American Heritage Dance Troupe of Redding provided the backdrop for the 113th Philippine Independence Day Celebration Sunday at St. Joseph School. The story in today’s Record Searchlight can be found here.
- Sweet Magnolia
Sugar magnolia, blossoms blooming, heads all empty and I don’t care,
Saw my baby down by the river, knew she’d have to come up soon for air.
Sweet blossom come on, under the willow, we can have high times if you’ll abide
We can discover the wonders of nature, rolling in the rushes down by the riverside.
-Sugar Magnolia lyric by Grateful Dead-