This is an informative blog post concerning tourniquet use in the wildland fire service.
This article is from our 2019 Summer edition of Two More Chains. Thoughts from Three Focused Fire Folks By Alex Viktora and Travis Dotson Eric Graff Eric Graff is the Helicopter Program Manager for Grand Canyon National Park. With a positive shout-out to interagency collaboration, he is currently on detail as the National Assistant Helicopter Operations … Continue reading Standard Response
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
What are some of the specific challenges in the Wildland Fire Service?
Today is National PTSD Awareness Day.
This from Chief Dan DeGryse
The following is an advisory circulating in the wildland fire community. Fire and Aviation Management Behavioral Health Advisory Subject: Caring for our own: Suicide Prevention and Behavioral Health Distribution: Fire & Aviation personnel, Nationwide Discussion: Suicide rates are increasing in this country, and while we do not have specific numbers, tragically, suicide affects our … Continue reading Suicide: Behavioral Health Advisory
By Travis Dotson Alright folks, listen up. We have a tough piece of line to put in. I'm not going to lie to you, it's gonna suck. It's certainly dangerous, but that's nothing new. This chunk of ground is gnarly. Ground just like this has killed more than a few good firefighters. Looking at the … Continue reading Saddle Up
By Travis Dotson This is about a firefighter physical training fatality. Let me tell you why this scares the crap out of me. This PT description sounds very familiar. We get up and go for a group run fairly regularly. You might point out that this instance is different because it's a structural department. That … Continue reading “Just Let Me Finish”
This is an excerpt from the 2018 "Chainsaw Training Limbing Accident Green Sheet". The instructor was diagnosed and treated at the trauma center for a concussion, head laceration, pneumothorax, broken ribs, and a C-5 vertebrae fracture. C-Faller field training on April 24, 2018 started at 0830 hours at CAL FIRE Bear Creek Fire Station in … Continue reading Unconscious With Agonal Respirations
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
Background: In the profession of wildland firefighting, there has been a rise in the occurrence and awareness of exertional rhabdomyolysis (rhabdo), a serious medical condition. Rhabdomyolysis is the breakdown of muscle fibers in the human body. In wildland firefighters, we typically see cases of rhabdo during initial crew training periods. Below are some key points … Continue reading R U Rhabdo Ready?