Is the Wildland Fire Service Better Off than it was Ten Years Ago?

[This is an interview that Travis Dotson had with Mike Lewelling, Fire Management Officer at Rocky Mountain National Park. Mike manages a complex program and has an important perspective on growth and change in the wildland fire service to offer us. In addition, Mike is being featured as the "One of Our Own" in the … Continue reading Is the Wildland Fire Service Better Off than it was Ten Years Ago?

Lessons from the Knoxville Mobilization Center

How Thorough and Creative “What If” Thinking Led to Safety Successes By the 2016 Fire Safety and Learning Teams, U.S. Forest Service Southern Region  [Note: As part of the historic 2016 fall fire season in the Southeastern United States, the U.S. Forest Service deployed teams throughout the Region to capture learning opportunities.] IMT personnel at … Continue reading Lessons from the Knoxville Mobilization Center

How Do You Manage “Aggressive Kindness” on Incidents?

Although volunteers and individual acts of kindness provide wonderful support, if a mechanism is not in place to deliver this support, it can create a unique kind of challenge. By the 2016 Fire Safety and Learning Teams, U.S. Forest Service Southern Region [Note: As part of the historic 2016 fall fire season in the Southeastern … Continue reading How Do You Manage “Aggressive Kindness” on Incidents?