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    Hey all,
    First post of many I'm sure. So I just got my wildland gear last week and have a few questions. My dept. doesn't supply boots. What do you all recommend for a less expensive boot? I plan on getting some custom fitted ones down the road but will have to wait till funds allow so I need something to get me through this season.

    Next what do you recommend for essential things in my pack? Around here its mostly brush not much forest if any. Weeds, grass, sage brush, etc.

    Next. Physical conditioning? Really I don't know where to start, I'm in decent shape but still need conditioning.

    Thanks in advance

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    How much wildland do you do? What is the terrain like?

    My vfd doesn't do much since we are surrounded by federal agencies that do, so my leather structure boots work just fine.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by RxFire View Post
      How much wildland do you do? What is the terrain like?

      My vfd doesn't do much since we are surrounded by federal agencies that do, so my leather structure boots work just fine.
      The terrain is mountainous, rocky, brush usually with a lot of rattle snakes. We are considered a high desert. There is a lot of forest around us but unfortunately our dept. doesn't get to play there because its too far away. My structure boots are the big heavy rubber style so thats a no go for wild land. We do a little wild land with other dept's and do a lot of controlled burns for the local farmers.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Dustinmk4 View Post
        Hey all,
        First post of many I'm sure. So I just got my wildland gear last week and have a few questions. My dept. doesn't supply boots. What do you all recommend for a less expensive boot? I plan on getting some custom fitted ones down the road but will have to wait till funds allow so I need something to get me through this season.
        Boots are so important... lots to consider here. Try a bunch out. Also, you have to consider your budget.

        I've worn RedWings and Whites. Either way, get Logger Boots and NO steel toe. No matter which boot you buy, break them in... don't break them in walking around your yard raking leaves, find some mountains, work some steep areas... really work em over. Also, I recommend wearing two pairs of socks, the socks will rub against each other and will help prevent blisters and also help to keep your feet drier.

        My RedWings were easy to break in and are pretty comfy. I have had them repaired and love them. They are also a bit cheaper then most of the other names.

        My Whites are heavier duty, took longer to break in, but are also really nice. These are probably my first choice.

        However, I've heard a lot about the other brands out there and I would say there are a couple of other high quality choices. I'll let others comment with some first hand reviews.

        Next what do you recommend for essential things in my pack? Around here its mostly brush not much forest if any. Weeds, grass, sage brush, etc.
        Pack... I keep a lot in my main pack, but may not always wear it if it's gonna be a small fire. I also have invested in a lot of extras that I won't list, but someday you'll probably want (Kestrel, GPS unit) etc.

        Items for Pack (essential):
        Compass with signal mirror(know how to use it)
        Maps of your area (there are some good trail maps these days)
        Safety glasses
        Ear plugs
        Bandana or two
        T.P. (just enough to get you through a couple of "emergencies")
        Pen/Small Pad
        Tylenol, advil, Immodium, benadryl
        Take a pencil.. cut it down and wind on a few feet of duct tape
        Headlamp w/spare batteries
        Small first aid kit (bandaids, tape, saline eye drops, etc).
        Small poncho
        Watch cap
        Parachute cord (functions as back up boot laces and whatever else)
        Bic Lighter/waterproof matches (if you are the guy with the flame, you'll probably get to work the torch)
        Cheap sunglasses
        $20 bill (just in case you ran out without money in your wallet)
        1 roll of flagging
        Multi-tool like a leatherman
        Small sunscreen/insect repellant

        Other Items (probably for longer duration pack):
        1 MRE (never know when you'll get caught) or at least a few powerbars/granola bars
        Hooded sweatshirt
        Spare socks (1 pair) you can rotate out the inner layer at least once then
        Moleskin/foot powder
        Extra leather gloves
        Reflective panel (to coordinate with helos etc)

        Hmmm... I know i'm forgetting something.

        Next. Physical conditioning? Really I don't know where to start, I'm in decent shape but still need conditioning.
        Amen to that.
        Last edited by ChiefKN; 08-14-2010, 09:45 AM.
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        "The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list."

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        • #5
          NIFC has a program called FireFit that has pre, during, and post fire season exercise programs and a lot of other fitness info.

          http://www.nifc.gov/FireFit/index.htm

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          • #6
            I'm new to firehouse.com and want to get into wildfire fighting anyhere in the rockies. Really new to this so i was wondering if anybody could give me some advice on what steps to take to become a wildfire firefighter and where to look?

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