Background: In the profession of wildland firefighting, there has been a rise in the occurrence and awareness of exertional rhabdomyolysis (rhabdo), a serious medical condition. Rhabdomyolysis is the breakdown of muscle fibers in the human body. In wildland firefighters, we typically see cases of rhabdo during initial crew training periods. Below are some key points … Continue reading R U Rhabdo Ready?
By Travis Dotson Yep. The new IRPG is out, and I guarantee you will not mistake it for an old one. Good call NWCG - this cover will do exactly what it's intended to do - set this version apart. But why are we even talking about the window dressing? Let's get to the meat. … Continue reading It’s Here (and it’s purple)
By Travis Dotson Chances are you have had this very assignment. Just putting some indirect dozer line in a couple miles away and downhill from the fire...no big deal. Then s#!t got real. Division does what Divisons do - cleared everyone off the line then went to check on those that didn't have time. Dozer … Continue reading Calm is Contagious
From the time we are children, we are told to be afraid of monsters. Monsters under the bed. Monsters in the closet. The monster in that dark and treacherous basement that our parents never wanted us to explore alone. As we grew older, our teenage monsters changed to be the bully in second-period literature or our ever-present self-doubting reflection in the mirror. Adults? Yeah, we have our monsters, too, but the faces have morphed into opposing politicians, rogue foreign leaders, pedophiles, and the new reality of school shooters who kill indiscriminately and without remorse. Monsters are everywhere.
First Responders are not without their own monsters, who, in addition to the monsters of every day society, multiply silently in the dark corners and cellars of our minds. They are ghouls of our own creation and can grow in their ferocity if neglected … or, worse, fed a constant diet of fear…
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This blog post was compiled using several excerpts from two separate documents on the Laguna Fire Burn Injuries. At approximately 1010 a crew member from the Type 2 crew fell into an ash pit, after ground gave way on a mechanically constructed berm the crewmember was mopping up with a branch line. The crewmember advanced a hose … Continue reading One Ash Pit Ate Two Firefighters
This is an excerpt from the Rice Ridge Fire Hahn Cabin Entrapment FLA. Two New Firefighters Take Over Point Protection Operations On September 11, this crew swap occurs via helicopter and the new pair of firefighters take over protection of the Hahn Cabin. These two firefighters, one Single Resource Boss (SRB) and one Firefighter Type … Continue reading Embers In The Safety Zone