[Editor’s Note: After reading Kevin Reese’s firsthand OWCP account on this blog site--that also appeared in the Fall 2019 Issue of Two More Chains--Adam Crichton was motivated to share his own OWCP experience and the lessons he learned from this ordeal in hopes his story might help others in the future.] By Adam Crichton, Engine … Continue reading Lessons from His OWCP Nightmare
[This article was originally posted on the Fire Adapted Communities (FAC) Learning Network Blog on February 12, 2020. It is reproduced here with their permission: https://fireadaptednetwork.org/understanding-complexity-and-risk-in-the-wildland-fire-environment-an-interview-with-travis-dotson/.%5D By Annie Schmidt Editor’s Note: FAC Net’s Annie Schmidt had the privilege of getting to know Travis Dotson of the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center when she worked on the Spring Coulee Fire … Continue reading Understanding Complexity and Risk in the Wildland Fire Environment: An Interview with Travis Dotson
A wildland firefighter shares his personal story surrounding mental health and addiction in hopes it will help us all to better understand each other and build a path forward. Content Warning This revealing personal narrative includes the topics of addiction, overdosing, and suicide. If you’re feeling suicidal, talk to somebody. Call the National Suicide Prevention … Continue reading Breaking Down the Walls that Isolate Us
Here are more numbers from the 2019 fire year. These two categories often generate much discussion in refresher courses. Chatter on!
These are some numbers related to wildland fire accidents in 2019. How will you put these important numbers to use?
How do you navigate contentious incident management team transitions?
There’s one drawback to defining our main task as fire suppression: In our Western forests, our extensive reliance on firefighting isn’t working. I used to think it was.
Each year the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center analyzes and summarizes reported incidents to create an Incident Review Summary. Each summary includes exercises to aid crew leaders and instructors with facilitation. (Pro-tip: Do the exercises.)
Amanda Monthei, writer and hotshot, has researched and written “The Women Before Me,” a compelling and informative piece on the women who served on the Zigzag Hotshot Crew before her, that is now featured in her Blog. Excerpt: “I set out to learn more about the women before me, about the seemingly insurmountable pushback they … Continue reading The Women Before Me
In 1994, 34 wildland firefighters lost their lives in the line of duty, 14 of them on the South Canyon Fire. This tragic season triggered the interagency TriData Firefighter Safety Awareness Study that recommended a permanent “lessons learned” program be established.