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
[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
By Travis Dotson You should read this one. It's straight up scary. We've talked about this before, how normal ops can get sketchy in a second. Here it is. Real-deal run for your life type stuff. First fire of the season. First shift. Just scouting a road. Just serving as Lookout. Normal ops. Watch this: … Continue reading When You Have to Run
By Travis Dotson This is about a firefighter physical training fatality. Let me tell you why this scares the crap out of me. This PT description sounds very familiar. We get up and go for a group run fairly regularly. You might point out that this instance is different because it's a structural department. That … Continue reading “Just Let Me Finish”
Background: In the profession of wildland firefighting, there has been a rise in the occurrence and awareness of exertional rhabdomyolysis (rhabdo), a serious medical condition. Rhabdomyolysis is the breakdown of muscle fibers in the human body. In wildland firefighters, we typically see cases of rhabdo during initial crew training periods. Below are some key points … Continue reading R U Rhabdo Ready?