Prescribed Fire Equipment Troubleshooting and Maintenance

Prescribed Fire Equipment Troubleshooting and Maintenance (BEG)
Michael Hahn, City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation

Backpack sprayers, drip torches and water pumps are some of the critical tools used in prescribed burning. And when you need them, they need to work perfectly! How do you keep them working properly, and how do you troubleshoot them if they fail in the middle of a burn? During this workshop we will discuss and demonstrate how to properly maintain, troubleshoot and care for backpack water sprayers (Indian Fire Pumps), drip torches, and water pumps. We will have examples of all of these available for you to handle, while we discuss preventative maintenance, and troubleshooting problems in the field.

Michael Hahn, City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation
Michael Hahn grew up in the Chicago area and has been working in the restoration field for the past eight years. Just recently he moved his family to Ann Arbor to work as a stewardship specialist with the City of Ann Arbor's Natural Area Preservation program. There he helps to coordinate stewardship activities throughout the 1200 acres of undeveloped city parkland. Prior to working for the city, he was employed by a land trust managing natural areas and coordinating volunteers. Michael and his wife, Erin, have two wonderful young children. As a family they have been enjoying their time together hiking in woods and discovering all that Ann Arbor and Michigan have to offer.