Each year the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center analyzes and summarizes reported incidents to create an Incident Review Summary. Each summary includes exercises to aid crew leaders and instructors with facilitation. (Pro-tip: Do the exercises.)
How a firefighter successfully prepared for a burnover and used his fire shelter for himself-- and two civilians.
The topic is Scouting and Lookouts. What follows is a simple list of related resources. The intent is that you will use them to conduct a training session of some sort.
By Travis Dotson How exactly do we Honor the Fallen? It's a tough question because it has a thousand right answers. One of the most important ways to honor is to learn. We are always in danger of squandering the bitter opportunity that tragedy affords us. This video is a glimpse of what so many of … Continue reading Honor The Fallen
The following is an excerpt from the Sheep Creek Burnover Report The Sheep Creek Fire occurred on August 18, 2018. A helicopter crash in a remote area near Battle Mountain, Nevada ignited a wildfire, resulting in a burnover of a Type 4 engine on a Search and Rescue mission responding to the helicopter crash. The … Continue reading Crash and Burn
By Travis Dotson You should read this one. It's straight up scary. We've talked about this before, how normal ops can get sketchy in a second. Here it is. Real-deal run for your life type stuff. First fire of the season. First shift. Just scouting a road. Just serving as Lookout. Normal ops. Watch this: … Continue reading When You Have to Run
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
“I try to cultivate relationships and build trust so I can create an environment where people feel safe telling me that my idea is a bad one.” By Jayson Coil Division Supervisor on the Nuttall Fire When I reflect on the events surrounding the entrapment and subsequent shelter deployment on the Nuttall Fire there is … Continue reading When You’re the Division Supervisor and Fire Shelters Come Out
By Travis Dotson I have been entrapped - multiple times. It feels awful to say that and I know exactly why - to most of my peers that statement means I'm a bad firefighter. Entrapment is a bad thing, and if it happens to you it means you didn't have LCES in place - it's YOUR fault. … Continue reading Entrapments are…