## What is a fire shelter made of?

First required in the United States in 1977, fire shelters are constructed layers of aluminum foil, woven silica, and fiberglass. When deployed, its maximum dimensions are 86 in. x 15.5 in.

## How long do fire shelters last?

Typical entrapments have lasted from 10 to longer than 90 minutes. Entrapments don’t last as long in light, flashy fuels as they do in dense, heavy fuels. Firefighters have died when they came out of their shelters too soon. Stay inside a little longer if you have any doubt about leaving the shelter.

How hot can fire shelters withstand?

500 degrees Fahrenheit
Fire shelters are occasionally redesigned to better withstand extreme conditions. At 500 degrees Fahrenheit (260 degrees Celsius), the glue that holds the protective layers together begins to melt.

### How can you determine the size of a new generation fire shelter?

Any firefighter taller than 6 feet 1 inch should carry the large shelter. Any fire- fighter whose girth is larger than 53 inches at any point also should carry the large shelter. Girth around the shoulder area should be measured with your arms at your side.

### Did the Yarnell firefighters burn to death?

All but one of the Granite Mountain Hotshots crew members died on June 30, 2013, while fighting the lightning-caused Yarnell Hill Fire. The crew died as they were overrun by flames in a box canyon. The fire too intense and moving too quickly for their shelters to protect them.

Why didn’t the fire shelters work in the Yarnell fire?

“The Yarnell Hill Fire was pretty tragic because an entire Hotshot crew, the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew, perished in that fire,” Mason said. With temperatures exceeding 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit with extreme turbulent air conditions, Mason notes no fire shelter could have protected that crew on June 30 of 2013.

#### How long does it take to deploy a fire shelter?

Deployment takes 20 seconds under ideal conditions, 30 to 40 seconds in turbulence, and 40 to 80 seconds in turbulence while you are wearing a pack. When time is critical, get rid of your pack and start to deploy on the move. Leave enough time to get on the ground and under your shelter before the heat arrives.

#### Has anyone survived in a fire shelter?

One veteran firefighter’s survival story. In 2006, Johnson was leading a crew of nearly a dozen while battling the Little Venus Fire in the remote backcountry of the Shoshone National Forest, when each one of them had to deploy a fire shelter to survive.

How much does a new generation fire shelter weigh?

The new shelter is made of two layers of material (figure 2). It weighs 4.2 pounds, compared to about 3.4 pounds for the standard shelter. The outer layer is woven silica laminated to aluminum foil. The inner layer is fiberglass laminated to aluminum foil.

## Why choose anchor new generation fire shelters?

Offering increased protection from radiant and convective heat in wildland firefighter entrapment situations, Anchor New Generation Fire Shelters are the dependable solution for wildfire protection. Anchor Industries Inc. has been manufacturing government approved fire shelters for over 30 years.

## What are the advantages of a larger fire shelter?

The larger fire shelter provides better protection for larger people by allowing less contact of the shelter material with the occupant’s body and provides more air space between the shelter and occupant. This set includes – fire shelter, nylon duck carrying case and carrying case plastic liner

What is the nfes number for a fire shelter?

Same size and dimensions as M-2002 fire shelter (Regular – NFES #2678; Large – NFES #2799). This set includes – carrying case, case liner, polyvinyl bag and practice shelter

### How do you deploy a fire shelter in the Army?

Deployment Procedures. It is important to carry the fire shelter properly. The case should be vertical if it is worn on your side or horizontal if it is worn in the small of your back under your pack. The shelter may be carried in the fire shelter pouch that is a feature of some field packs.