The new generation fire shelter offers improved protection from radiant and convective heat. All federal, state, and local wildland firefighters carry the fire shelter while working federal fires. As always, the fire shelter is the last line of defense when facing a fire entrapment, escape is always the highest priority. Fire shelters will not guarantee a firefighter's survival in an entrapment situation. Firefighters should do everything they can to avoid situations where they need to deploy a fire shelter.
Wildland firefighters need to attend a training session in the proper use of the new shelter before working in a fire area.