Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
857 West South Jordan Parkway
South Jordan, UT 84095
Firefighter safety is a top priority when working to control wildland fires. Though thankfully we have had no major injuries on the Bald Mountain Fire, we are always prepared for an emergency. In addition to many prevention measures, there are multiple systems in place to get injured firefighters medical help and off the mountain as quickly as possible. One of these systems is the REMS team, or Rapid Extraction Module Support team. The REMS team specializes in getting injured firefighters out of the rough terrain safely to a location where traditional transport methods can be used. The REM team consists of four members with specialized gear and training to get the injured firefighters off the fireline safely. They are outfitted with full medical gear and all members of the team are, at a minimum, EMT qualified. An off-road UTV (Utility Task Vehicle) capable of holding the team, their gear and the injured firefighter can be used for access. Where vehicle access isn’t an option, the team uses a combination of rope systems and a portable rescue stretcher with a wheel attached to the underside to safely extract the patient.
When not being used for a rescue on an incident, they constantly train with their equipment to stay sharp with their skills. They also scout out areas where the firefighters are working so they know the best ways to access them and transport them safely off the fireline. Photos below are of a REMS team out of Rapid City, South Dakota working on the Bald Mountain Fire.