Smokey Bear: Fighting Wildfires - Tools of the Trade

Wildfires are always burning somewhere in the United States (See the Active Wildfire Map).

Dedicated men and women endure exhausting work, harsh living conditions, and long separations from friends and family to protect you and our nation’s natural resources from the impacts of unwanted wildfires. The work of wildland firefighters benefits us all, yet most people know very little about who they are, what they do and the tools of their trade.

High-tech firefighting tools – like satellite imagery, fire behavior modeling, fire-retardant materials and water delivery systems – continue to improve, but the most crucial elements are still wildland firefighters and hand tools.

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Natural Disasters, Wildfires
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2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, Adults

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