Our fireline social structure is just a scrambled version of high school. But in this environment the consequences of that behavior are drastically more severe—like your buddy in a casket severe. Communication is essential. Be nice.
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The Illusion of Control — Ready to tip some sacred cows?
We are not in control of the elements influencing fire, we are not in control of the other humans influencing our situation, and we are not even in control of our own perception of what the situation is. In spite of all this uncertainty, as we step into this dynamic and complex environment, we convince ourselves we are in control of our own safety.
We often make sense of what happened by investing in the hope that our experience can be helpful to others.
LLC Staff Picks 2021
Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center staff members share their favorite incident reports from 2021.
Raising the Bar–Two Sawyers in Wisconsin Put Lessons to Work
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.
That Elusive Thing Called Balance
We’d like you to meet two women from the fire service living a life filled with joy, struggle, loss, adventure, and tough decisions—just like many of us.
Cracking the Code
As a Korean woman on a shot crew, part of my code-switching strategy was to appear a little less feminine and more masculine.
The Balancing Act
Finding a mentor, both on the job and in your life, is a great way to make your plan for a healthy work/life balance as you move through both life and career.
Balance is Personal
The number of scenarios that result in the optimal work/life balance is exactly equal to the number of individuals seeking to find it. Because there are no one size fits all solutions, one of the best things we can do is to share our lessons with each other.
Stories: Why We Need Them and Why They are Never Over
[This article was originally featured in the 2021 Summer Issue of Two More Chains.] By Erik Apland, Field Operations Specialist (Acting), Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center Mark Twain supposedly said: “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” Whether he said this or not, it nevertheless seems absolutely true. I’ve been working on a special … Continue reading Stories: Why We Need Them and Why They are Never Over