Using the Kestrel Meter for Wildfire Firefighters

The Australian Fire department has just added another instrument to their arsenal of fighting wildfire – introducing the Kestrel 3000 Pocket weather meter. It’s a tool that firefighters are going to use moving forward in their operations, especially when handling wildfire.


The Factor of the Weather in Firefighting


The three main factors for fire behaviour and activity are fuel, weather, topography. The weather is important to most firefighters because it’s the factor that tends to change. The Kestrel 3000 pocket weather meter is used to do readings for various fire incidents. Now we’re going to talk about the features that this device has, and how it’s used properly for wildfire and other fire-related incidents.


Features of the Kestrel 3000


The Kestrel pocket weather meter is tiny compared to most standard sized weather meters. It’s made to be compact, portable, and easy to use. It features a cover that slides over the top of the device. In terms of what it can do for firefighters, it helps them measure wind speed from minimum to maximum, temperature, relative humidity, and a few other features that the device also features.


Operating the Kestrel 3000


Once the device is turned on, there’s an analog display screen which will show an icon that indicates the mode that’s currently active. Usually, it will start with the wind speed. The adequately attached at the top of the device will read you wind speed setting, so you’ll need to adjust it into the wind to get accurate readings.



The arrows on either side will step through the current display modes to the additional display modes that it offers. Once you turn the device on, all the readings will be stored until the device has been turned off. So, for instance, if you’re taking a weather reading, start by reading the wind speed. Once the device is turned on, use the arrows to navigate and make sure that you’re in the current display that indicates wind speed. Hold the device into the wind. Wait for a while until you can get an accurate reading, and then you can step forward in the modes to read the rest of the settings such as the temperature, minimum and maximum wind speed, and the relative humidity.


These are just a few of the things that the device features that will be beneficial to most firefighters when in operation. If you’re a firefighter, make sure that your firm has the Kestrel 3000. If not, request one today.