By Tony Petrilli As the U.S. Forest Service’s National Technology and Development Program (T&D) Project Leader for firefighter clothing, I would like to address some of the history and decision-making criteria concerning Forest Service “spec” garments. A recent Blog Post on this LLC site written by Charlie Palmer [https://wildfirelessons.wordpress.com/2019/04/16/high-vis/] referred to a proposal that he … Continue reading High Visibility — More to the Story . . .
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?
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?
By Madeline Scheintaub There is a raggedy circle of people standing around a giant map. Look around. Green and yellow; stained green and dull yellow; green and yellow-grey; green and yellow mottled with black; and vibrant green and brilliant yellow. That last person, what are you thinking about them? I am that last person and … Continue reading Clean Yellow Shirt
By Lyndsay Alarcon, Helitack Superintendent Crew Resource Management (CRM) is the application of team management concepts in the wildland fire environment. CRM originated as Cockpit Resource Management and was developed by NASA in 1979. At that time, the majority of aviation accidents were caused by human error related to failures in communication, leadership and decision … Continue reading Who is on Your Crew?
You should go read this piece by Amanda Monthei. She knows what's up. This is an excerpt: "This night was pretty fun until it wasn’t, and then it straight up sucked. Not only did our line not hold—requiring three more days of work to contain it on the other side of the road—but many of … Continue reading Most of Firefighting Sucks
By Megan Martinez Can you work in fire and also take care of your non-work life and self? I started fighting fire for the federal government in 1998, when I was 19. I spent nine years as a temporary firefighter, and I’ve been permanent since 2010. For a long time there was nothing I wanted … Continue reading What is YOUR Job?
By Travis Dotson You should probably just go read this article: What We Learned from the Yarnell Hill Fire Deaths It's written by Kyle Dickman. The subject matter is of great interest to us here at the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center. It has to do with wildland fire. It has to do with learning. … Continue reading Has Nothing Changed?
The following letter is directly from the Redondo Escaped Prescribed Fire FLA TO: Current and Future Burn Bosses FROM: An Old Type 1 Burn Boss As an Old Type 1 Burn Boss, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a ton of great people and do what I believe is a lot of awesome work … Continue reading Old Boss Says…
By Persephone Whelan So there I was, snuggled on the couch in the early morning hours with my 3-year-old, sipping coffee, idly flipping through Facebook when a Hotchkiss Fire District video of the Horse Park Fire came under my thumb. I thought, “Wow. That’s some interesting fire behavior. Wonder what the story is there.” Then … Continue reading Are Your “Slides” Blinding You?