Two More Chains – The View From Here

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

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.