Fighting a large wildfire consumes many types of resources

radio batteries
Some of the batteries that will be used in firefighters’ two-way radios each day during a large wildfire incident. Photo: DNR

Pallets of AA batteries were used to power the field radios of firefighters on the scene of the recent Colockum Tarps Fire in central Washington. Each firefighter’s two-way, hand-held radio uses up to 9 AA batteries per day. A large operation like the Colockum Tarps Fire might go through as many as 5,000 of batteries a day. And, yes, we recycle.

What about rechargeables? Recharging thousands of batteries each evening is not practical, especially when you consider that the camps temporarily housing fire personnel might be located at fairgrounds, parks or, even, pastures.

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