As a learning culture, this battle’s unintended outcome has valuable lessons to offer the wildland fire service. By Rex Hambly, Engineer - Engine 8332, Southern California Zone, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service The “Californio”/Republic of Mexico marksman waited patiently in the cold, damp morning air. His hands were stiff, but his focus was lightning hot. He heard … Continue reading The Battle of San Pasqual Staff Ride
By Travis Dotson “. . . when that tree gets held up by some of its tree buddies anywhere shy of the dirt, the only thing damaged at that point is our ego.” Yes, you read that title correctly. I’m suggesting that if you are trying to put a tree on the ground and you … Continue reading If You Hang a Tree Up, Hand Over the Saw
By Jayson Coil, Battalion Chief Special Operations and Wildland Fire, Sedona Fire District, Arizona I have a rule about not setting things on the top of my toolbox when loading-up for an assignment. This rule was developed after a new coffee cup and a BK radio slid off the toolbox and into traffic as I was … Continue reading Are Some IMTs Making Emergencies Harder to Manage?
You've heard the term "fuel geyser," right? If you haven't, watch this: That's a fuel geyser. Even if you're familiar with the term, there's a high likelihood you've fallen victim to some falsehoods, myths or half-truths surrounding what a fuel geyser is and what it isn't. Think you know fuel geysers? Prove it! Take the … Continue reading Fuel Geysers: Take the Quiz, Hear the Latest
This article (below) was written by Lisa Loncar, an Engine Operator in West Virginia. Lisa has some thoughts on how we view and use Fire Shelters. Lisa wrote down her thoughts and shared them with the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center so we could share them with our audience. This is the field speaking. This is … Continue reading Are Fire Shelters Always Necessary?