There’s one drawback to defining our main task as fire suppression: In our Western forests, our extensive reliance on firefighting isn’t working. I used to think it was.
Each year the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center analyzes and summarizes reported incidents to create an Incident Review Summary. Each summary includes exercises to aid crew leaders and instructors with facilitation. (Pro-tip: Do the exercises.)
Amanda Monthei, writer and hotshot, has researched and written “The Women Before Me,” a compelling and informative piece on the women who served on the Zigzag Hotshot Crew before her, that is now featured in her Blog. Excerpt: “I set out to learn more about the women before me, about the seemingly insurmountable pushback they … Continue reading The Women Before Me
In 1994, 34 wildland firefighters lost their lives in the line of duty, 14 of them on the South Canyon Fire. This tragic season triggered the interagency TriData Firefighter Safety Awareness Study that recommended a permanent “lessons learned” program be established.
What are the helmet "rules" for ATVs and UTVs on wildland fires?
Kevin Reese lived the nightmare. He got mangled doing the job we all love. He survived the injury, but the bureaucratic aftermath almost killed him.
Wear your helmet - no brainer, but wear your chinstrap?
Your head is important. Head injuries are bad. We do lots of stuff on the fire ground that exposes us to the risk of head injury. Lets talk about wildland fire helmets.
The topic is Scouting and Lookouts. What follows is a simple list of related resources. The intent is that you will use them to conduct a training session of some sort.
This NWCG publication outlines interagency procedures for using drones on wildland fires.