Insights from a Dispatcher: The Incident that Changed Me

[This is the fourth of four Blog Posts written by Dispatchers that focus on Dispatching that we are featuring this week (beginning Aug. 27, 2018).] By Dolores Garcia We prepare, we brief, have our 10’s and 18’s, our “9-Lines,” our emergency response guides on our desks as either part of a larger binder or pinned … Continue reading Insights from a Dispatcher: The Incident that Changed Me

Nobody Gets Hurt on My Watch. I Naively Lived By that Motto.

[This is the third of four Blog Posts written by Dispatchers that focus on Dispatching that we are featuring this week (beginning Aug. 27, 2018).] By Renae Crippen, Center Manager, Blue Mountain Interagency Fire Center It was late July. I was sitting in a hot Communications trailer in the middle of a field watching a … Continue reading Nobody Gets Hurt on My Watch. I Naively Lived By that Motto.

A Dispatcher’s Perspective on: Trust, Relationships, and Communication

[This is the first of four Blog Posts written by Dispatchers that focus on Dispatching that we are featuring this week (beginning Aug. 27, 2018).] By Cathy Micek-Hutton, Center Manager, Cody Interagency Dispatch Center The philosophy I convey to my Dispatch staff is that part of our mission is to help others succeed. Now, how … Continue reading A Dispatcher’s Perspective on: Trust, Relationships, and Communication

The Queen Bee, Tokenism, and Pushing Feminine Away

By Sara Brown Reflecting on eleven seasons as a wildland firefighter, I explore three reasons why women in fire don’t universally encourage more women to join wildland fire by revealing personal, and often uncomfortable perspectives. Reason 1: Creating a Persona to “Fit In.” For the Sake of Safety, “fitting in” with the firefighter culture is … Continue reading The Queen Bee, Tokenism, and Pushing Feminine Away

Ten-Foot-Pole

Please read this important piece by Bre Orcasitas. We have to tackle tough topics with a variety of voices and experiences – Bre is leading by example!

The Evolving Nomad

There’s seems to be this one certain subject that is sooooo complex and convoluted, and at times contentious, that essentially no one wants to touch it with a ten-foot-pole. Each time someone even grazes the topic people get hot under the collar and so, folks keep their distance as if it were a hornet’s nest. I’m almost certain this attempt will end up exactly the same as all the attempts which have come before it, but it’s worth a shot and I like a challenge so here goes…

Women-in-Fire

Ah, that got your attention. The term “Women-in-Fire” is lame for a lot of reasons; namely, it sounds like the equivalent of slapping a visitor’s pass onto a woman’s hardhat or something. Not that it’s an offensive term, it isn’t, and it’s not meant to be; women use it just as frequently as men. Regardless, we don’t wander around…

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Paul Gleason’s Influence Went Way Beyond Wildland Fire

  Legendary Rock Climber John Long Credits Paul Gleason for His Initial Teaching and Inspiration Legendary American rock climber John Long is a founding member of the elite group known as the "Stonemasters". This group’s famed climbing exploits—from the French Alps to the North Pole—combined with Long’s popular writings, propelled the Stonemaster ethos into becoming a … Continue reading Paul Gleason’s Influence Went Way Beyond Wildland Fire