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 Paul Keller You now have an excellent, super-comprehensive “one-stop shopping” resource for insights and information on all ground ignition equipment standards and procedures. Released this February, the 134-page “NWCG Standards for Ground Ignition Equipment” publication (https://www.nwcg.gov/publications/443) discusses everything from the advantages and disadvantages of using ATV/UTV torches to how to best transport flares and … Continue reading Ground Ignition Equipment Standards?
By Paul Keller There’s updated news on the “Fuel Geyser Project” front. The U.S. Forest Service National Technology and Development Program’s National Fuel Geyser Project’s ongoing efforts to minimize injury to employees from fuel geysering recently posted a range of insightful information on their activities. The “National Fuel Geyser Awareness” program is a function of … Continue reading Fuel Geyser Awareness Project Updates
By Travis Dotson If you haven't seen it yet, please look at the 2018 Incident Review Summary. We compile this 10-page report every year. It's kind of a big deal to us here at the Lessons Learned Center because, well, it's the lessons (pretty much what we do). It for damn sure is not ALL … Continue reading Who Uses Lessons?
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
Here is more from our forthcoming 2018 Incident Review Summary. By Travis Dotson Strange things do happen out there on fire assignments. Some of them are certainly outlier occurrences, some of them are not. Either way, these instances often provide an opportunity to re-frame and think about hazards we may not have recognized. Check these … Continue reading Random?
Here is more from our forthcoming 2018 Incident Review Summary. By Travis Dotson In 2018 we collected 17 reported Rollover Incidents. Mostly Water Tenders and Dozers (5 each). The others were chase vehicles, an Engine, a UTV and an ATV. Almost all of the rollovers involved slipping off the road shoulder. We move big heavy … Continue reading How We Roll
By Travis Dotson "Hit by Tree" events are a difficult topic. We have had a series of tragedies in recent years. We’ve endured eight fatalities in the last four years. We’ve had one hotshot die in "Hit by Tree" incidents each summer for the past three years. Each instance is heartbreaking. These events are sometimes … Continue reading Tree Trauma
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