Date- October 6&7
The sad truth is that while making fire is probably the most universally prioritized skills recognized by survivors and preppers it is also likely the least practiced. Often times people don't understand how difficult it is to make a fire with what you have on your person until they realize that they are cold and wet, their bic does work, and they have no tinder.
Your ability to win the fight is irrelevant if you don't make it to the fight, and if you could pick how you would lose a fight dying of exposure probably wouldn't be on the list. Of equal concern is the fact that if you CAN get a fire going, a fire can also be a risk in and of itself, helping an enemy force locate you when you are at your most vulnerable.
Fire Tactics is a class designed not only to help you get a fire going with what you have, but also to teach you when to have a fire and how to have a fire. Minimizing smoke and light signiture while maximizing directed heat regardless of your environment. Class skills are taught in order, and build on themselves.
-Finding tinder and kindling in any environment
-Understanding your tools and their limitations
-Knife skills and safety
-How to start and maintain your fire
-Different methods and techniques to building and designing your fire
-Advanced fire techniques
-Advanced Knife Skills
-Dakota Fire Pits
-One (1) open mind
1- A *utility knife
2- Bring a lunch to the range both days
3- A **ferro rod AND striker
4- A ***folding saw/ hatchet
5- A bic lighter, or multiple bic lighters
6- Raingear (We train rain or shine)
7- Hat and sunblock
8- Knee Pads (Optional)
9- Drinking water
10- Bug Spray
11- Pen and paper
12- Cleaning, sharpening, and lubrication equipment -
13- Any camping gear needed, if you will be camping
14- Pocket Bellows
NOT REQUIRED but nice to have
-small folding table
-small shovel like a spetznaz shovel
* Utility Knife- I say a utility knife instead of a "bushcraft" or "survival knife" because I want you to bring a practical tool that you would actually use. I can teach you to make fire with any knife, but I would suggest a blade with a square spine for a ferro rod notch, and I would avoid cheap or junky knives. If you want to bring a knife to class that is affordable and excellent for the task I would suggest a Mora Kansbol
** Ferro Rod- There are a lot of things to consider when choosing a ferro rod but if you are a beginner a simple rule is bigger is better. The ferro rod is an expendable item, and I would suggest either purchasing an affordable one, or one with a replacable ferro rod.
The Exotac Firerod XL is an excellent choice, however the standard, smaller, more affordable Exotac Firerod will also work.
*** Folding Saw- a folding saw is an EXCELLENT bushcraft and survival companion and when paired with even a small knife it makes big tasks more approachable. It isn't NECESSARY for making fire, but if you do get one and bring one I suggest getting a Silky saw, either the gomboy or the pocketboy- most other brands aren't worth the investment.
Students who decide to camp on sight will have the opportunity to ask about temporary shelters, pulling guard, camping, and whatever crosses their mind around the camp fire.
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