By Travis Dotson
You should probably just go read this article:
It’s written by Kyle Dickman.
The subject matter is of great interest to us here at the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center.
It has to do with wildland fire. It has to do with learning.
It has to do with a monumental trauma in danger of being rendered inconsequential.
Here are a few quotes from the article:
“Over time, the relationship between tragedy and rulemaking sewed into the culture the belief that firefighters die only when they break rules.”
“While these rules are well intentioned and do indeed save lives, he says they also impose a false sense of control in a wildly chaotic environment.”
“…there’s a relatively high probability that a tree eventually crushes you, you step on a bee nest, grab the business end of a chainsaw, or get burned. Yet somehow, most firefighters Smith polled believe they work in a low-risk environment—something more like a factory floor.”
“..if the Forest Service admitted the incredibly high chance of death their people are exposed to, their firefighters—or maybe their families—might demand fair compensation.”
You should probably go read it.
You need to think about this stuff.
We are spending lives every summer yet we are not clear on what we are buying.
Check it out: