Avian Wong
Range Technician

Hi, I'm Avian. I have worked 4 seasons of fire. Most of my time has been spent on Type 6 engines, but I have also filled in on hand crews on assignment.

While I'm still early in my wildland firefighting career, I'm proud of the progress I've made, and look forward to building on my experience & mastering new skills.

My enthusiasm for learning through experience is what makes me an invaluable crewmember. Below, you'll find my fire history, a look at my resume, and how you can get in touch with me.

Fire Experience

I started firefighting in 2013 for the USFS in Colorado on a Type 6 engine. In 2014, I relocated to Washington and worked 3 seasons on one of only two BLM Type 6 engines in the state, responding to fires throughout the greater Eastern WA region.




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Fire Experience

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Experience

Bureau of Land Management05/2016 to 10/2016

Wildfires

ICT5: Peterson Road, Monument, Hwy 14 MP 130
Communicated with dispatch & assigned resources. Took GPS coordinates and mapped the fire for documentation. Based all actions on upon risk and current and expected fire behavior.

FFT1: Crescent, Crab Creek Strike, Beam Road, Rock Island Grade, Johnson Road, Fish Trap, Lower Crab Creek, Kahlotus, Horse Lake, Old Lady Creek, Rock Island Creek
Communicated information down and up the chain of command in order to maintain the highest level of situational awareness. During downtime from fire in the office, assisted with day to day tasks in order to maintain fire readiness and to keep the work areas clean. Helped conduct training scenarios for coworkers.

ENOP: Hwy 24 MP 29 Command, MP 20 Command, Rock Island, Rocky Ford, McBee Command, Beezley South, Morris Lane, Black Rock Road, Range 12, Foothills
Ran the pump to ensure proper pressure and water made it to the nozzle. Maintained water pressure with a type 6 engine for a progressive hoselay while plugged into a tender to maintain 100% uptime for up to 2800 gallons of water at a time. Drove the engine while the captain maintained established communications with the IC to obtain situational awareness and make face to face contact to receive our briefing. Performed daily maintenance (FEMPR, BLM NUS) as well as preventative maintenance on engine (pump gear oil change, pump oil change, overnight winterization).

FAL3: Peterson Road, Palmer Mountain, Suncrest
Brushed roads to create better access for vehicles. Mitigated hazard trees so crews could work in the area. Worked with other saw teams in order to complete the task in the time frame allotted.

Prescribed Fire

Type 1: Upper River Rx (ID-CAD)
Broadcast burn using a type 3 helicopter mounted terra torch and UTV mounted terra torch. My assignment consisted of monitoring roads for public foot/vehicle traffic and communicating any spots or slops to my supervisor.

Type 2: Lower Tyee Rx (WA-OWF)
Broadcast burn using drip torches. This Rx slopped below a road ΒΌ acre. After stopping burn operations, handcrews & engine crews worked together to create a handline + progressive hoselay to contain the slop. Once this was completed we began mop up on the slop.

Type 3: Eastside Rx, Filly Rx, Silver Fuels Rx, Mineral Rx (ID-CAD)
Pile burning. Used propane torches and drip torches to burn piles to reduce the fuel load and clean up the unit.

Additional: Maintained engine & all work equipment, daily PT regimen. Participated in extracurricular hiking/PT after work.


Bureau of Land Management05/2015 to 10/2015

ICT5: Road 9
Communicated with dispatch & assigned resources. Took GPS coordinates and mapped the fire for documentation. Based all actions on upon risk and current and expected fire behavior.

FFT1 (Type 6 ENG): Milepost 30.5, South Sulfur Springs, Cold Springs, Saddle Mountain, Monument, Willow Springs, Jameson Lake, Douglas Complex, Outlaw Draw, Eagle Springs, Sundown, Carpenter Road
Worked with a new engine boss. Ensured safety of fellow crewmembers and informed Engine boss of needs and performance. Ensured crew implemented appropriate action based on risk while monitoring performance and providing feedback to supervisor. Assisted with firefighter time reports and other documentation.

FFT1 (10 person Hand Crew): Highway 8, Seven Springs, Hawk Creek 2nd, Lime 2, Carpenter Road
Maintained a cohesive work environment with squad. Maintained situational awareness and based decisions on most up to date information to create a safe as possible working environment. Ensured welfare of squad members and ensured each squad member had everything he needed to do his job. Maintained up to date documentation for time reports for seamless check-out.

FAL3: Carpenter Road
Prepped line for burnout. Cut saw line to contain the fire line to prevent fire spread in my area of concern. Kept in communication with other saw teams working in the area to mitigate hazards. Performed chainsaw operations including falling and bucking snags.

Additional: Maintained engine & all work equipment, daily PT regimen, participated in BLM PT Challenge.


Bureau of Land Management05/2014 to 10/2014

ICT5: Camas Creek
Ensured the safety, welfare and accountability of assigned personnel. Communicated with dispatch & assigned resources. Established work assignments and performance expectations while providing feedback to crews, delivered briefings, based actions upon risk & documented afterwards.

FFT1: Yaxon Canyon, Tumwater, Chiwaukum Creek Complex, Auvil Canyon, Bighorn, Coulee Meadow Road
Ensured safety of fellow crew members and informed Engine boss of needs and performance. Ensured crew implemented appropriate action based on risk while monitoring performance and providing feedback to supervisor. Performed chainsaw operations including falling and bucking.

FFT2: Division Road, Foster Creek, Bear Gulch, Cottonwood 2, Railroad, Hay Canyon, 1-82 Manastash, Highlands, Barker Canyon, Rock Hill, Dry Falls Junction, Palisades Flats, Highlands 2, Highway 17 Milepost 128, Coyote Flats, R Road, Lincoln Rock, Burton Draw
Assisted with mop up activities and communicated needs & concerns to supervisor/crewmates. Maintained situational awareness at the highest level and adjusted tactics when necessary.

Prescribed Fire
Coordinated with other crews to safely apply fire within hand lines. Patrolled containment lines and communicated concerns with spotting to supervisors.

Additional: Maintained engine & all work equipment, daily PT regimen, participated in BLM PT Challenge.


United States Forest Service05/2013 to 10/2013

FFT2: Pioneer, East Tschuddi, Silver Spoon, Drop Kick, Pinto Mesa, Kodiak
Assisted with mop up activities and communicated needs & concerns to supervisor/crewmates. Maintained situational awareness at the highest level and adjusted tactics when necessary.

FFT2: Type 2 IA Hand Crew assignment on 5-man squad to Northwest Colorado (East Tschuddi, Silver Spoon, Drop Kick, Pinto Mesa, Kodiak)


Education

Crafton Hills Community College01/2011 to 05/2013

Fire Science

Relevant coursework: Fire Protection Organization, Fire Prevention Tech



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