Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center staff members share their favorite incident reports from 2021.
The (class’s) safety elements have become more robust in my mind. Instructing it now, I feel we’ve really ramped that up. I feel that’s a factor of lessons that have been learned in the community over time. Taking the approach of: ‘Hey, we can do better.’ Maybe to try and plan for that adverse thing to occur even though this is a training.
This post is about the 2021 Incident Review Summary - all of the past year's wildland fire incidents summarized in 10 pages.
Nobody is expecting the bad thing when it actually happens and it often happens very quickly. This means you are only going to have what you have on when the surprise shows up.
This simple 2 pager is just a few quickly compiled tallies and a handful of lessons.
The innovative application of the tactical pause recounted here is the 'mental health' tac-pause for the person who just experienced a seriously close call. The mental health version is just a bit of time, space, and support to assure we have our 'head back in the game'.
Listen to a discussion about the Tree Felling Accident Analysis – a report comparing 53 different tree felling accidents.
“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).
This wildland firefighter got smashed head first into a boulder. He is certain his unique helmet saved his life.