By Alex Viktora Wildland Firefighters receive burn injuries every season. Often times some sort of flammable liquid ignites resulting in a burn, like the rather common drip torch leg burn scenario mentioned in this NWCG memo. Other times we fall in stump holes and ash pits—sometimes up to our waist! And then there is the … Continue reading Burn Injuries – Wrong Hurts
By Alex Viktora I used to work for the National Park Service. One of the sweetest things about working for the NPS was the official socks. That’s right. Socks. As a member of a wildland fire crew, I rarely had much need to be in official NPS uniform, so my annual uniform allowance was spent … Continue reading Socks Matter
3:1, 1:1, 3:2? What's the right ratio for burn juice? If you don't have an opinion on drip mix you must not be very cool. The more adamant you are the more likely you are to talk loud about how everyone else does it wrong - no matter the topic. Wait...what were we talking about? … Continue reading Who Mixed the Fuel?
By Travis Dotson It happens often. Second and third degree burns on the calf associated with using a drip torch. Thats all. Just letting you know. You are now armed with awareness. Is that all? Did the Lessons Learned Center just do it's job? Think it will work? Of course we get leg burns … Continue reading Drip Torch Leg Burns