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Wildfire Equipment Research & Development


Roscommon Equipment Center

Established in 1971, the Roscommon Equipment Center program focuses on the development of specialized equipment for forest fire control.  Activities include the engineering of new equipment, design modifications of existing equipment, and testing of commercially available equipment.  REC places emphasis on state and local agency needs.  It has lead in the design of fire control uses of excess U.S. Military vehicles.  In addition to the focus on wildland fire engines, the REC program pursues projects concerning fireline construction tools, specialized water handling equipment, commercial equipment evaluation, and fire chemical delivery systems.

National Association of State Foresters

in cooperation with

Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources

Accomplishments

Objective


To provide assistance to state agencies and rural volunteer fire departments by addressing engineering concerns for wildland fire suppression equipment and structuring a forum for sharing ideas.