It’s clear that our firefighters are spending more and more time away from their home units, engaged in difficult and extended fire assignments, and have very little time to also be responsible for implementing the needed prescribed fires back home . . . Every reason for not burning can be overcome when you have a workforce who is dedicated to getting it accomplished. This isn’t magic. It’s how all work gets done. You make it the priority duty for that work team or group of employees . . . In this way, we can start to reduce the risk to our future workforce.
[This article originally appeared as the “One of Our Own” feature in the 2021 Spring Issue of Two More Chains.] --------------------------------------------- For this ten-year anniversary issue of Two More Chains, we thought it would be beneficial to get the perspective and insights from a wildland firefighter who’s been in the wildland fire service business for … Continue reading Insights on Resiliency and Innovation with Advice for New and Older Firefighters
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.
There’s one drawback to defining our main task as fire suppression: In our Western forests, our extensive reliance on firefighting isn’t working.
I used to think it was.
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.)
The following letter is directly from the Redondo Escaped Prescribed Fire FLA TO: Current and Future Burn Bosses FROM: An Old Type 1 Burn Boss As an Old Type 1 Burn Boss, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a ton of great people and do what I believe is a lot of awesome work … Continue reading Old Boss Says…
Burning anytime soon? As you get the fuel mixed and the torches set... Check this out: https://youtu.be/2XI-MXt0LFM Chances are... You will get the job done. You will be "successful". You will feel pressure to burn. Unforeseen delays will put you behind the power curve. You will not follow every aspect of your plan. Problems … Continue reading Chances Are…