Glossary of Terms
Ignition of fuels by dropping incendiary devices or materials from aircraft.
Use of aircraft for detecting and observing fire behavior, values at risk, suppression activity, and other critical factors to assist command decisions on strategy and tactics needed for fire suppression. Often called aerial recon or just recon.
The deployment of fixed-wing or rotary aircraft on a wildland fire to drop retardant or suppressant, shuttle and deploy crews and supplies, or perform aerial reconnaissance of the overall fire situation. Can also refer to the person functioning as air attack officer and directing aerial operations.
An advantageous location, usually a barrier to fire spread, from which to start building a fireline. An anchor point is used to reduce the chance of firefighters' being flanked by fire.
The generic name for a high-strength, flame-resistant synthetic fabric used in firefighters' protective clothing. Nomex, a brand name for aramid fabric, is the term commonly used by firefighters.