Paul Gleason’s Influence Went Way Beyond Wildland Fire

  Legendary Rock Climber John Long Credits Paul Gleason for His Initial Teaching and Inspiration Legendary American rock climber John Long is a founding member of the elite group known as the "Stonemasters". This group’s famed climbing exploits—from the French Alps to the North Pole—combined with Long’s popular writings, propelled the Stonemaster ethos into becoming a … Continue reading Paul Gleason’s Influence Went Way Beyond Wildland Fire

Paul Gleason — Up Close and Personal

[This article originally appeared in The Mountain Times, a monthly newspaper that serves Oregon’s Mount Hood area where the Zigzag Ranger District is located. Paul Gleason lived there for 14 years. Paul Keller wrote this piece a few months after Gleason’s death in 2003. Keller served as a member of Gleason’s Zigzag Hotshot Crew from … Continue reading Paul Gleason — Up Close and Personal

Unconscious With Agonal Respirations

This is an excerpt from the 2018 "Chainsaw Training Limbing Accident Green Sheet". The instructor was diagnosed and treated at the trauma center for a concussion, head laceration, pneumothorax, broken ribs, and a C-5 vertebrae fracture. C-Faller field training on April 24, 2018 started at 0830 hours at CAL FIRE Bear Creek Fire Station in … Continue reading Unconscious With Agonal Respirations

Finest Learning Experience of My Life

Redding IHC Crewmember – 2016 There are a number of aspects I consider key in becoming a proficient, knowledgeable, and accomplished wildland firefighter. Some help with professionalism or presentation, others focus on safety or cohesion. The list is as long as it is diverse. Some of the more beneficial skills are those that directly relate … Continue reading Finest Learning Experience of My Life