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
This article is about how visual indicators of rank, like different color hard hats, impact fire operations and communication.
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.
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
[Over the next several weeks we will feature content related to "Growth in the Wildland Fire Service." The content published here will also be featured in the Spring 2019 Issue of Two More Chains.] By Paul Keller For four seasons, from 1986-1989, I was a member of the Zigzag Hotshot Crew, based on the Mount … Continue reading The Student of Fire Era
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 Madeline Scheintaub There is a raggedy circle of people standing around a giant map. Look around. Green and yellow; stained green and dull yellow; green and yellow-grey; green and yellow mottled with black; and vibrant green and brilliant yellow. That last person, what are you thinking about them? I am that last person and … Continue reading Clean Yellow Shirt
By Megan Martinez Can you work in fire and also take care of your non-work life and self? I started fighting fire for the federal government in 1998, when I was 19. I spent nine years as a temporary firefighter, and I’ve been permanent since 2010. For a long time there was nothing I wanted … Continue reading What is YOUR Job?
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