Lessons from the Knoxville Mobilization Center

How Thorough and Creative “What If” Thinking Led to Safety Successes By the 2016 Fire Safety and Learning Teams, U.S. Forest Service Southern Region  [Note: As part of the historic 2016 fall fire season in the Southeastern United States, the U.S. Forest Service deployed teams throughout the Region to capture learning opportunities.] IMT personnel at … Continue reading Lessons from the Knoxville Mobilization Center

How Do You Manage “Aggressive Kindness” on Incidents?

Although volunteers and individual acts of kindness provide wonderful support, if a mechanism is not in place to deliver this support, it can create a unique kind of challenge. By the 2016 Fire Safety and Learning Teams, U.S. Forest Service Southern Region [Note: As part of the historic 2016 fall fire season in the Southeastern … Continue reading How Do You Manage “Aggressive Kindness” on Incidents?

Don’t Let Your Language Fool You: Risk “Transfer” is Not Risk “Mitigation”

Last week we featured writing from the Asheville Hotshots. This week we highlight several unconventional lessons generated by other folks in the Southern Area. The writing in this weeks series was originally submitted through Rapid Lesson Sharing.  In coordination with the submitters, several of these submissions have been adapted for this Blog. Nice work Southern Area - … Continue reading Don’t Let Your Language Fool You: Risk “Transfer” is Not Risk “Mitigation”

The Change in Acceptable Risk Needs to Stem from the Top Down

This is Asheville IHC Reaction #14 - part of the Asheville Hotshots written reactions to  "The Big Lie" I agree and disagree with many things in Mark’s essay “The Big Lie.” The best thing it does is that it seems to have lots of people talking, from ground pounders to fire staff and national office types. … Continue reading The Change in Acceptable Risk Needs to Stem from the Top Down

Saying/Thinking/Pretending We are Safe Does Not Make It So

This is Asheville IHC Reaction #13 - part of the Asheville Hotshots written reactions to  "The Big Lie" After Reading the “The Big Lie,” I 100 percent agree with what Mark Smith has to say in regards to the lies pervading our “safety oriented fire culture” and the many examples he uses in his essay. The … Continue reading Saying/Thinking/Pretending We are Safe Does Not Make It So

You Can Do Everything Right and Still Be Killed in This Job.

This is Asheville IHC reaction #11 - part of the Asheville Hotshots written reactions to "The Big Lie." There are a lot of points that I agree with in “The Big Lie.” Things like fire is inherently dangerous, that a zero fatality goal is unattainable, and how much risk is acceptable. One of the major … Continue reading You Can Do Everything Right and Still Be Killed in This Job.