Firefighting – Wildfires

Wildfire: “Any unplanned and uncontrolled wildland fire that, regardless of ignition source, may require suppression response or other action according to agency policy.” United Nations FAO

The incidence and severity of wildfires has had devastating effect in some regions during 2019 and 2020. Dealing with them is always a challenge, remoteness and inaccessibility making management and suppression difficult and expensive, or in many cases impossible. The costs can be immense; for instance the US Forest Service expends $1.2Bn per year in wildfire suppression activities, the majority of which ($1Bn) is expended on the 2% of fires that escape suppression and become large.

Effective early engagement is key and, if effectively used our extreme terrain vehicles can play a critical role as part of the armoury of any wildland firefighting department, partnership or Fire Group – whether directly through application of water to burning fuel, or indirectly by transporting a crew of up to six with pioneer tools, drip-torches and powered agricultural brush cutting ancillaries to create control-lines or firebreaks.

As a quick visual aid to assist you with narrowing in on the right Agile vehicle model for your Fire Management operation, please refer to this chart which ranks the relative standings of key attributes of a suitable Agile vehicle in your setting:

Note various relevant attributes are ranked on a scale of zero to 10, with 10 being the highest performance score. Each different Agile vehicle model is then depicted on the graph as a polygon shape, with the overall size/area of the polygon indicating the overall applicability of that vehicle to this role relative to the others. Then if certain attributes are more important to you than others, you can view how the vehicle ranks on that attribute by seeing how close it comes to the outer “level 10” line where that attribute is labelled on the graph.