Prescribed Burn Program

My burning experience:

        I have been conducting controlled burns and fighting wildfires for 28 years now. This started as part of my PhD research and I never stopped. Burning_In_Process.JPGI have trained with and trained firefighters across the nation. That said, the ​bulk of my time is spent training and working with local firefighters, land managers and farmers. At Doane I work with students helping them get real world hands on experience in firefighting. These can be huge skills for students pursuing jobs in environmental science, conservation, fish and wildlife, natural resource jobs, range management and other land management fields.

Additionally, many students choose to do research on fire behavior, firefighter safety, and prescribed fire techniques.

Our student burn crews:iowa_ 2018_3_Students.JPG

        Students work with me to recieve training so that they can participate on burns. Reak world out of the classroom experience is in valuable to competeing for jobs in today's competitive market. Almost every ecosystem in the US is a fire adapted ecosystem. Being able to show future employers that you did more than just notes helps you move to the top of the resume pile.

Fire research:

        My research centers around conducting safer burns. Sometimes that is simply using better techniques, sometimes that is looking at equipment, other times it is looking at firefighter safety. My research students range fromBurning_Field.JPG Nurses, Occupational Therapy students, Physical Therapy students to the full range of Fish and Wildlife students, range management and conversation students.

 

Below is some of the published work being done in my lab:

Fire Guards/Firebreaks:

Fireguards or firebreaks come in a lot of shapes and sizes. In the videos below, I cover my 28 years of experience with them in the tall grass prairie. The fire break serves several roles on a prescribed fire. All of which can be improved by adding width and raking all multch off the break. On a burn day, this should be one of your best tools.

 

Leaf Blower:

 

The effects of Low Oxygen on firefighting crews and engines:

 

Martha Hart-Effects of Stimulated Fire-Induced Low Oxygen Levels on Engines

Tyler Brandt-Low Oxygen Levels Detected Next To Wildland Fires

Heat Load on prescribed firefighters:

Caitlyn Tritle-Work Rest Ratios Should Be Developed and Followed For All Prescribed, Burnout and Direct Firefighting Operations for Wildland Firefighters

Clothing for volunteer crews:

What do you wear for a prescribed burn?

 

 

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