This is an interview with Tony Petrilli, who has served on more than 35 fire entrapment safety review/investigation team assignments.
While I am not an advocate for eliminating the use of fire shelters, when we understand and train for their proper application and importance, we will be able to move beyond our reliance on shelters when their presence is either unnecessary or dangerous.
Lessons from 2020 incidents about chainsaw cuts and heavy equipment rollovers.
“This use of blasting as an available tool proved critical to meeting incident objectives and successfully reduced risk exposure to firefighters.”
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 wildland firefighter got smashed head first into a boulder. He is certain his unique helmet saved his life.
This article is about options for improving wildland fire medical kits.
This article includes insights and information for wildland firefighters related to preparing to manage a major bleed on the fireline.
Each year the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center analyzes and summarizes reported incidents to create an Incident Review Summary. Each summary includes exercises to aid crew leaders and instructors with facilitation. (Pro-tip: Do the exercises.)