Firefighting Equipment

Fire Control Equipment

A team using a range of different equipment controls fire most efficiently.  Each member of the muirburn team should have a fire beater appropriate to the vegetation type – note that different types of beater are best suited to different vegetation.  Water can be applied by knapsack sprayers, water tank and pump combinations, and fire fogging units.  It is important to ensure adequate supplies of water are available.  Cutting equipment (tractor-mounted flail or brushcutter) and commercial leaf blowers can also be useful.  There is more detail in Supplementary Information – Planning for burning.


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

All members of the burning team MUST wear appropriate protective clothing and equipment. Details of appropriate PPE can be found on the Forestry Industry Safety Accord (FISA) website


Leaf Blower (Photo credit: Scottish Land & Estates)