Items for Wildland Fire Assignments

What should you bring on an assignment? That depends on where you’re going and who you are, but these essentials below should handle most of what you need.

Personal Protective Equipment

Count Item Notes
1 Pack Must be able to carry water and fire shelter.
1 Hard hat Recommendation: Fire Helmet, Red, Front Brim
1 Eye Protection Recommendation:
Goggles that can cover rx glasses: Evader II Over-RX Goggles
For saw ops: Sight Shield Goggles, Skyline
Everyday wear: Flying Fisherman Key Largo Polarized Sunglasses
1 Ear Protection Recommendation:
Hearos Ear Plugs – Xtreme Protection
Howard Leight QB2HYG-1 Quiet Band NRR 25 Canada Class, 1 Each
2 Fire Retardant / Nomex Pants
2 Fire Retardant / Nomex Shirt
1 New Gen Shelter
1 Leather gloves
1 Leather Boots

Everyday Carry

1 Pocket Organizer Recommendation:
Maxpedition Micro Pocket Organizer (Khaki)
2 Spare boot laces
1 Red Card
1 ID Card
1 Compass Recommendation:
Suunto A-30L Compass
1 Signal Mirror Recommendation:
eGear Survival Essentials Floating Whistle/Mirror Combo
1 Note pad, pen, and sharpie

Camp Items

1 Personal Gear Bag Standard issue “Red Bag”
1 Sleeping Bag / Pad Recommendation:
The North Face Cat’s Meow Sleeping Bag – Honor Blue/Zinc Grey
Therm-a-Rest ProLite Sleeping Pad
Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest SOLite Sleeping Pad
1 Tent Recommendation:
REI Half Dome 2 Plus Tent
REI Passage 2 Tent
1 Headlamp Recommendation:
Black Diamond Spot Headlamp, Matte Black
1 Set, replacement headlamp batteries Recommendation:
AmazonBasics AAA NiMH Precharged Rechargeable Batteries (12-Pack, 800 mAh)
Storacell by Powerpax Slim Line “AAA” Battery Caddy, Orange
4 Water Bottles Equivalent of 4 quarts or more. Recommendation:
2x Klean Kanteen Wide Mouth Water Bottle 64 oz.
1 First Aid Kit Recommendation:
Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight & Watertight and QuikClot Sport 25

Line Gear Items

1 Hydration system Recommendation:
Camelbak 100 oz/3.0L MIL SPEC Antidote Accessory Reservoir Short 90854
1 Multitool Recommendation:
Gerber 05500 MP400 Compact Sport Multi-function Tool and Maxpedition Single Sheath (Black)
2 Carabiners Recommendation:
NITE IZE S Biner Ahhh
1 Flagging tape
1 Space Blanket Recommendation:
Grabber Outdoors Original Space Brand Sportsman’s Hooded Blanket/Poncho
1 Duct Tape / Fiber Tape Recommendation:
Scotch Filament Tape 897 Clear, 18 mm x 55 m
1 Spork Recommendation:
Light My Fire Tritan Spork 

Additional Gear

1 Jacket/Fleece
1 Rainshell Recommendation:
Marmot Precip Jacket or Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket
n Cotton t-shirts These needs vary by person…make your own choices.
n Cotton Underwear Ditto.
5 Wool Socks Recommendation:
Darn Tough Vermont Merino Wool Mountaineering Extra Cushion Sock
1 Athletic shorts
1 Wool hat
1 Shower shoes / flip flops
1 Athletic sneakers
1 Boot wax Recommendation:
Obenauf’s LP Boot Preservative 8 oz
1 Long Underwear
1 Civilian pants
1 Belt Recommendation:
Bison Designs 38MM Last Chance Heavy Duty W/Gunmetal Buckle Belt (Graphite, L)
1 Travel Dopp Kit
2 Chapstick
1 Sunscreen
1 Bug Repellant
1 Book / Kindle Because there’s a lot of hurry-up-and-wait… Amazon Kindle Paperwhite