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.
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.
This NWCG publication outlines interagency procedures for using drones on wildland fires.
This guide paints a clear picture for new firefighters and their families to help them know what’s coming before that first fire call.
Wisdom has a wide ranging wardrobe, it often hides in plain sight. Be open to it. Don’t standardize your source.
This article is from our 2019 Summer edition of Two More Chains. Thoughts from Three Focused Fire Folks By Alex Viktora and Travis Dotson Eric Graff Eric Graff is the Helicopter Program Manager for Grand Canyon National Park. With a positive shout-out to interagency collaboration, he is currently on detail as the National Assistant Helicopter Operations … Continue reading Standard Response
This is the cover story from our 2019 Summer edition of Two More Chains. How do we move from heart-wrenching tragedy, through painful growth and into lifesaving standardization? The rappel community knows. By Bre Orcasitas Bre Orcasitas is the Field Operations Specialist for the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center. A former rappeller herself, in this article … Continue reading Setting a New Standard