If you are a district ranger reading this and are unfamiliar with wildland fire and what it means to participate, that commitment to being on an IMT, I urge you to make the effort to learn from the employees around you. Represent to the non-fire employees a different perspective of sacrifice to the job that non-fire employees may not understand.
Take a hard look at your relationship with being a firefighter. How much of your identity have you invested?
Congratulations to all the awardees and nominees. Through leadership and initiative, they have made significant contributions to the safety of the wildland fire community. These awards are well deserved.
The Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center staff is excited to share our new website and new URL - http://www.lessons.wildfire.gov. Visitors to http://www.lessons.wildfire.gov can search the Incident Review Database by incident name, type, location, key term or date. LLC products such as Two More Chains, Data Points, and the blog can also be found. This is … Continue reading The Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center has a New Website with a New URL
Many of us are drawn to this work in pursuit of intensity. Our life outside the job is often just a different flavor of intensity (not always in a healthy way). Our emotional struggles aren’t always directly associated with the job. But aspects of our profession complicate our ability to effectively tackle these types of issues—regardless of their origin.
Everyone was affected by Yarnell. In my mind, it was the defining event for my generation of fire. And I think we're still figuring out what that means.
Growth from the ashes of Yarnell occurred on many fronts in many individual lives. In most cases, preceded by dark days and deep despair. Not everyone made it out of the hopelessness. But as a community, can we claim any sort of cultural catharsis? I submit that we can.
An engine foreman for the U.S. Forest Service had a seizure out of the blue last year that led to the discovery of a brain tumor. With recent developments at the Department of Labor's Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP), he was able to get his medical expenses covered. This coverage comes from the 2022 … Continue reading A Federal Firefighter is Diagnosed with Brain Cancer and Workers’ Compensation Covers It
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The Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center staff members share their favorite incident reports from 2022.