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BLM Preparedness Review Drills and Skills

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All resources will be given a field exercise.  All field exercises will be reviewed for operational proficiency.  The drills can be done in the field on “mock” fires or they can be done in the station.  The same items will be reviewed regardless of the location of the drill.  These drill formats are for reference only and not part of the written package that is submitted to the local unit at the completion of the review.  These drills give the review team members and the local units an opportunity to know in advance what the standards are and what the team will be looking for and give a standardized set of skills testing for agency resources nationwide.

 Drills and Skills Summary
Drill 1Initial Response Protocol
Drill 2Initial Report From Scene
Drill 3Briefing Checklist - Risk Management
Drill 4Mobile Attack
Drill 5Stationary Attack - Hose Lay
Drill 6Foam Use
Drill 7Spot Fire
Drill 8Line Construction
Drill 9Portable Pump Exercise
Drill 10Helitack Initial Attack
Drill 11Helitack Bucket
Drill 12Helitack Helispot
Drill 13Helitack Longline
Drill 14Helitack Personnel
Drill 15Dispatch
Drill 16Smokejumper Response Procedures
Drill 17Smokejumper Mission
Drill 18Medical Emergency Response
Skill 1Engine Inspection
Skill 2Handtool Safety Checks
Skill 3Firing Devices
Skill 4Belt Weather Kit
Skill 5Hydraulics
Skill 6Fire Shelter Use
Skill 7 Pump and Flow Test


Proposed revisions to the checklists can be sent to Marlene Eno-Hendren, FAD, BLM Fire Operations ( Comments should be typed into the “remarks” section of the drill proposed for change. These proposed changes can be sent electronically to the above address for consideration. Proposed changes need to reflect a quantifiable item that directly applies to fire preparedness. The proposed revisions should include the exact verbiage that is being proposed. Drills are reviewed for compliance with agency policy and standards each January. Proposed changes will need to be submitted by the end of January for consideration that year.