Turning the Truck Around – A Story Map of the Horse Park Fire Entrapment

While scouting a road for a potential burnout operation, a Hotshot Crew Superintendent and Foreman encounter a wall of flames and attempt to retreat. Their truck becomes stuck, forcing them to flee on foot, narrowly escaping the rapidly advancing fire front. Just as they reach safety, they learn that their crew lookout is missing. After … Continue reading Turning the Truck Around – A Story Map of the Horse Park Fire Entrapment

Throwing Us a Monkey Wrench of Historic Proportions

[This article is featured in the Spring 2020 Issue of Two More Chains.] By Bre Orcasitas The Era Before COVID-19 If you stop and think about it, normal annual preparation and implementation of wildland fire resources is akin to a well-rehearsed orchestra whose members all know their part and come in on cue. An orchestra … Continue reading Throwing Us a Monkey Wrench of Historic Proportions

Tree Trauma

By Travis Dotson "Hit by Tree" events are a difficult topic. We have had a series of tragedies in recent years. We’ve endured eight fatalities in the last four years. We’ve had one hotshot die in "Hit by Tree" incidents each summer for the past three years. Each instance is heartbreaking. These events are sometimes … Continue reading Tree Trauma

Insights from a Dispatcher: The Incident that Changed Me

[This is the fourth of four Blog Posts written by Dispatchers that focus on Dispatching that we are featuring this week (beginning Aug. 27, 2018).] By Dolores Garcia We prepare, we brief, have our 10’s and 18’s, our “9-Lines,” our emergency response guides on our desks as either part of a larger binder or pinned … Continue reading Insights from a Dispatcher: The Incident that Changed Me

Nobody Gets Hurt on My Watch. I Naively Lived By that Motto.

[This is the third of four Blog Posts written by Dispatchers that focus on Dispatching that we are featuring this week (beginning Aug. 27, 2018).] By Renae Crippen, Center Manager, Blue Mountain Interagency Fire Center It was late July. I was sitting in a hot Communications trailer in the middle of a field watching a … Continue reading Nobody Gets Hurt on My Watch. I Naively Lived By that Motto.

A Dispatcher’s Perspective on: Trust, Relationships, and Communication

[This is the first of four Blog Posts written by Dispatchers that focus on Dispatching that we are featuring this week (beginning Aug. 27, 2018).] By Cathy Micek-Hutton, Center Manager, Cody Interagency Dispatch Center The philosophy I convey to my Dispatch staff is that part of our mission is to help others succeed. Now, how … Continue reading A Dispatcher’s Perspective on: Trust, Relationships, and Communication