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Wadsworth Fire Department
Wildland Urban Interface
we are tying our shoe, we are not thinking about the actual process
of tying but what task we are going to do next.
We need to have this same mindset when performing hose work
for a wildland start. The hose stretch, nozzle pattern, equipment
being used, and personal protective equipment in place all need to
be drilled to such an extent that we are considering all the other
factors that go along with the fire while doing the basic tasks.
We need to be thinking about which way the wind is blowing
and how fast, what are my prevailing winds, are there structures
threatened, are lives at risk, what is the topography, and is there
defensible space? If we have achieved competence with our basic
tools to a point of unconsciously performing them, we then can be
a highly effective firefighter.
ANCHOR, FLANK, PINCH
A great example of a basic drill that is familiar to all departments
that have a WUI threat is the historic anchor, flank, and pinch.
This tactic is not new to engine-based wildland firefighters by any
• Anchor: All control lines must have an anchor point. The
purpose of the anchor point is to prevent a fire from burning
around the end of the control line and possibly outflanking the suppression crews. An anchor point is usually not a
constructed fireline, but it could be a hoselay, road, bare field,
stream, cliff, or previously burned section of the fire.
• Flank: The objective is to create a “wet line” on the burned/
unburned line of the fire. This wet line is achieved by spraying water on the burned/unburned line to extinguish further
advancement of the fire. A flank attack is a simultaneous attack
on two sides of the fire from a secure point or an anchor point.
This point is often the point of origin. Crews will work toward
the perimeter for control of the fire.
• Pinch: As soon as the crews can reach the head of the fire with
an effective hose stream, water is positioned from one or both
flanks to stop the forward progression.
This drill needs to repeated over and over to achieve a muscle
memory application and become second nature. Once this
Be unconsciously competent
at ladders, hose stretches,
apparatus, searching, and
forcible entry. These are the tools
that need to be handled with
master proficiency to accomplish
the task at hand and be “better,
faster, safer, and smarter.”