[Over the next several weeks we will feature content related to "Growth in the Wildland Fire Service." The content published here will also be featured in the Spring 2019 Issue of Two More Chains.] By Paul Keller For four seasons, from 1986-1989, I was a member of the Zigzag Hotshot Crew, based on the Mount … Continue reading The Student of Fire Era
The View from Here Our normal ops were interrupted by the recent 35-day “Government Shutdown.” Given the short window to produce the winter issue of Two More Chains, we decided to use it as an opportunity to share and highlight a new publication from the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center (LLC): “The View from Here”. … Continue reading Two More Chains – The View From Here
Some nitty gritty "get better" lessons from recent incidents.
More on the recent Two More Chains - please follow the link below to read this piece by Bre Orcasitas. Dear Evolving Nomad Readers, Recently I was asked to be a guest author for the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center’s Two More Chains article, Fall Issue. For those who are not Wildland Firefighters, the Two … Continue reading Like a Phoenix — The Evolving Nomad
By Bre Orcasitas Looks can be deceiving Surely, there are countless reasons why someone would “choose” to leave the fireline. People come and go in fire like a revolving door and it’s easy to make assumptions as they pack up their lockers or desks. Perhaps it’s a worthy effort to put focus on some of … Continue reading Self-Extrication
By Travis Dotson This is a plug for a podcast. The podcast is a conversation with Brit Rosso, the Director of the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center. In the discussion, we try to make sense of the super complex and convoluted topic of "identity." Some of the questions we stumble into: What does it mean … Continue reading The Importance of Identity
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
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
This is Asheville IHC Reaction #12 - part of the Asheville Hotshots written reactions to "The Big Lie" After reading the Big Lie I was definitely on the same mindset as Mark Smith—no one wants to believe it can happen to them. I agree with the part of the essay that says “There is acceptable risk. … Continue reading No One Wants to Believe It Can Happen to Them
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.