Deployment zone

n. An area where fire shelters must be deployed to ensure firefighter survival due to the available space and/or fire behavior conditions at the location (NWCG 2005).

 

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A deployment zone is an area where a firefighter without the protection of a fire shelter is likely to suffer serious injury or even death during passage of a fire front, but where injury is unlikely if a fire shelter is used. A deployment zone is used when fire conditions are such that escape routes and safety zones have been compromised (a safety zone is an area in which a firefighter can survive fire passage without injury with standard personal protective equipment but without the use of a fire shelter). Some areas are so hazardous (such as those prone to crown fires) that even a fire shelter cannot ensure firefighter safety; those areas do not qualify as deployment zones.