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?
What are some of the specific challenges in the Wildland Fire Service?
Today is National PTSD Awareness Day.
This from Chief Dan DeGryse
[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
[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.
[This is the second of four Blog Posts written by Dispatchers that focus on Dispatching that we are featuring this week (beginning Aug. 27, 2018).] By Tracey Kern, Center Manager, Fort Collins Interagency Dispatch Center When I first started in Dispatch in July 2003, my answer to “Are dispatchers exposed to Trauma?” would have been: … Continue reading Are Dispatchers Exposed to Trauma?
[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
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
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!
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…
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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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
Redding IHC Crewmember – 2016 The South Canyon Staff Ride was without a doubt one of the most influential experiences of my wildland fire career. It is one thing to sit in a classroom and learn about a tragedy fire from PowerPoints and write-ups. However, talking to the individuals involved, putting yourself in their shoes, … Continue reading Engrained into My Thoughts and Actions