[This is an interview that Travis Dotson had with Mike Lewelling, Fire Management Officer at Rocky Mountain National Park. Mike manages a complex program and has an important perspective on growth and change in the wildland fire service to offer us. In addition, Mike is being featured as the "One of Our Own" in the … Continue reading Is the Wildland Fire Service Better Off than it was Ten Years Ago?
[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 Travis Dotson Who has been to this operational briefing? “Alright, listen up folks. Over here is a bunch of open … Continue reading All The Good
[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
By Travis Verdegan Black River Falls Area Staff Specialist Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources A few months ago, I found myself wondering a few things related to aptitude assessment and decided to check with the LLC to see if they’d done anything with the topic that I might have missed. They got back to me … Continue reading Aptitude — Why Don’t We Test for It?
By Charlie Palmer I pored over hunting catalogs and websites. I watched video after video, and read hundreds of product reviews. I had made a vow with myself that this year was going to be different. Having drawn a coveted special permit in a hunting district known for its big bull elk, changes in … Continue reading High Vis?
This is from the 2018 Incident Review Summary. By Travis Dotson We recorded the work-related death of 19 wildland firefighters in 2018. But not everyone is on the same page about which ones should be considered a “Line of Duty Death.” Everyone agrees that if you are overrun by fire or get hit by a … Continue reading Drawing the Line of Duty
We are working on the 2018 Annual Incident Review Summary. As we compile the summary we’ve got some highlights to share with you. Read this. Do the Exercise. (Maybe include it in your Refresher Training.) Give us feedback. The final version of the 2018 Annual Incident Review Summary will be out soon! By Travis Dotson The … Continue reading Chainsaws and Drip Torches
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
By Travis Dotson Spot! We’ve all heard it. We’ve all yelled it. We can all feel the little push on our pulse and the tingle in our toes just hearing it in our head. It can be calm or it can be chaotic, but no matter how it’s called out—it’s time to get serious. Let’s … Continue reading Chasing Spots
By Mark Smith, Mission-Centered Solutions ©Mission-Centered Solutions This paper is the result of an ongoing dialog around risk I’ve had within the post-Yarnell Honor the Fallen group. One member posed the rhetorical but critical question: “Should we be risking lives for suppression efforts or not? “That prompted my response in The Big Lie essay on … Continue reading What does a well-founded risk decision look like?