This is the third of a three-part blog series by Jody Jahn, PhD, that addresses how we learn about complex hazards. Each of these three posts focus on a different facet of learning. (To see the first post: How "Oh Sh*t" Moments Can Make You a Better Firefighter ; and second post: “See Something, Say Something" … Continue reading What is “Normal Work”? Getting the Most from Accident Reports
A crew isn’t simply a collection of free-floating, fully independent people. Instead, it’s its own social system guided by a cohesive logic about what the crew is (and is not), what it does, and how it does it.
"In my research, I found that crews that make a point to do regular learning-based discussions can help their people put intense fire experiences into perspective."
Here are some numbers and a few lessons from incidents that occurred during the first half of 2020 (January - June).
Be Aware: Gasoline being used during the warming months—May, June, July—may be more susceptible to geysering than in previous years.
This article suggests some risk management tools to consider when weighing risks related to COVID-19 and Wildland Fire.
This wildland firefighter got smashed head first into a boulder. He is certain his unique helmet saved his life.
This article includes insights and information for wildland firefighters related to preparing to manage a major bleed on the fireline.
[Editor’s Note: After reading Kevin Reese’s firsthand OWCP account on this blog site--that also appeared in the Fall 2019 Issue of Two More Chains--Adam Crichton was motivated to share his own OWCP experience and the lessons he learned from this ordeal in hopes his story might help others in the future.] By Adam Crichton, Engine … Continue reading Lessons from His OWCP Nightmare
Here are more numbers from the 2019 fire year. These two categories often generate much discussion in refresher courses. Chatter on!