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
This is from the 2018 Incident Review Summary. By Travis Dotson We recorded the work-related death of 19 wildland firefighters in 2018. But not everyone is on the same page about which ones should be considered a “Line of Duty Death.” Everyone agrees that if you are overrun by fire or get hit by a … Continue reading Drawing the Line of Duty
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
By Travis Dotson How exactly do we Honor the Fallen? It's a tough question because it has a thousand right answers. One of the most important ways to honor is to learn. We are always in danger of squandering the bitter opportunity that tragedy affords us. This video is a glimpse of what so many of … Continue reading Honor The Fallen
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
A reader was inspired to write and submit this piece after reflecting on our last post "We Are The Problem." This is called leading by example. Thank you Nicole Oke. By Nicole Oke I try, but I can't. I want to, but it's just too hard. How can I? How can I look into those … Continue reading Duty, Respect, Integrity?