Video on logging equipment fire prevention, suppression

Video on logging equipment fire prevention, suppression

Timber Equipment Applications Management (TEAM) and the National Timber Harvesting and Transportation Safety Foundation (THATS) have produced a Fire Safety Video focusing on measures logging operations can take to prevent equipment fires in the woods, as well as best practices for suppressing such fires. The 34-minute DVD, available from the Forest Resources Association, includes a concise Discussion Leader’s Guide, designed to enhance learning through group discussion.

A logging contractor can use these materials as a self-tutorial or as the basis of a logging crew training program. They can also serve as a resource for a workshop within a state logger training and education program.

Consisting of three segments, the Fire Safety Video introduces the principles of combustion, reviews the special fire hazards associated with operating equipment in the woods and how to reduce the potential for equipment fires, and presents best practices in equipment fire suppression. In a workshop setting, depending on the amount of discussion, presenting the complete program should take between 60 and 90 minutes.

“The Timber Harvesting and Transportation Safety Foundation identified harvesting equipment fires as a major exposure for logging operations, placing lives, property, and the forest itself at risk,” commented THATS Chairman Tom Bosley. “We obtained excellent cooperation from equipment manufacturers, insurance company loss control experts, and loggers in producing this in-depth educational program.”

FRA members may order the Fire Safety Video (DVD format) with Guide at $50 apiece, or $100 apiece for non-members. A discounted price of $20 per video ($40 for non-members) is available for orders of 10 or more. Please enclose payment with order, checks payable to “FRA”. Charge orders may be faxed to 301/838-9481.  A faxable order form is available at

Direct orders to Forest Resources Association Inc., 600 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 350, Rockville, MD 20852, and refer to stock number 12-A-2. The Forest Resources Association Inc. is a nonprofit trade association concerned with the safe, efficient, and sustainable harvest of forest products and their transport from woods to mill. FRA represents wood consumers, independent logging contractors, and wood dealers, as well as businesses providing products and services to the forest resource-based industries.

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