This issue of Two More Chains is about tension. The good and bad. The push pull. That mythical sweet spot. Just about everything seems to be a swirl of dark and light, but the specific strain we will focus on here is “standardization.” Standards are good. We NEED standards. We need to keep improving the … Continue reading Two More Chains – Summer 2019
By Paul Keller The recently released “East Evans Creek Tree Strike Lessons Learned Review” has lots of important lessons and insights. A firefighter was struck and severely injured by a falling snag at two in the morning. Firefighters from multiple crews came together to enact a successful extraction in the dark using multiple means of … Continue reading Tear Out Tool
By Travis Dotson Here are a few numbers from the fire year so far. Please consider these points: These numbers reflect incidents reported to The Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center. These numbers don't reflect everything that has occurred (many incidents are not reported to us). Compiling these numbers doesn't really mean anything - we publish … Continue reading Tac-Pause Please
By Paul Keller Did you know that this is the annual NWCG “Wildland Firefighter Week of Remembrance”? This special remembrance time is featured every year for seven days, beginning June 30 through July 6. The intent is to provide an opportunity to collectively remember our fallen firefighters as we continue our ongoing efforts to enhance … Continue reading The Week of Remembrance – Honor Through Learning
Going to a Fire in Alaska? Check out these lessons from two tree strike incidents that occurred in the Fairbanks area. Pat Creek Fire Tree Strike (2010) August 8, 2010. Bucking and swamping was in progress when a gust of wind blew over a black spruce a couple tree lengths away, which then struck a … Continue reading Quick Tree Lessons From AK
[Over the last several weeks we have been featuring content on this Blog related to “Growth in the Wildland Fire Service.” This content will also be featured in the forthcoming Spring 2019 Issue of Two More Chains. This Blog post “Medevac: How We Got Here” is the central cover story in this issue of Two … Continue reading Medevac: How We Got Here
[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?
[Over the next several weeks we will feature content related to “Growth in the Wildland Fire Service.” The content published here will also be featured in the Spring 2019 Issue of Two More Chains.] By Travis Dotson Who has been to this operational briefing? “Alright, listen up folks. Over here is a bunch of open … Continue reading All The Good
By Paul Keller You now have an excellent, super-comprehensive “one-stop shopping” resource for insights and information on all ground ignition equipment standards and procedures. Released this February, the 134-page “NWCG Standards for Ground Ignition Equipment” publication (https://www.nwcg.gov/publications/443) discusses everything from the advantages and disadvantages of using ATV/UTV torches to how to best transport flares and … Continue reading Ground Ignition Equipment Standards?
By Paul Keller There’s updated news on the “Fuel Geyser Project” front. The U.S. Forest Service National Technology and Development Program’s National Fuel Geyser Project’s ongoing efforts to minimize injury to employees from fuel geysering recently posted a range of insightful information on their activities. The “National Fuel Geyser Awareness” program is a function of … Continue reading Fuel Geyser Awareness Project Updates