Lessons from 2020 incidents about chainsaw cuts and heavy equipment rollovers.
This is an excerpt from the 2018 "Chainsaw Training Limbing Accident Green Sheet". The instructor was diagnosed and treated at the trauma center for a concussion, head laceration, pneumothorax, broken ribs, and a C-5 vertebrae fracture. C-Faller field training on April 24, 2018 started at 0830 hours at CAL FIRE Bear Creek Fire Station in … Continue reading Unconscious With Agonal Respirations
The following is an excerpt from this report: Felling Injury and Medical Extraction Incident Minerva 5 Fire. August 4 was the first day the Interagency Hotshot Crew was assigned to Division O. The previous five shifts on the fire had been a combination of direct and indirect fireline construction in steep terrain, heavy fuels, and near … Continue reading Sawyer Down
Some nitty gritty "get better" lessons from recent incidents.
As our work on the 2017 Annual Incident Review Summary continues, we've got some more analysis to share with you. Read this. Do the Exercise and give us some feedback. The final version of the 2017 Annual Incident Review Summary will be out soon! By Travis Dotson There it is - the 2017 season boiled … Continue reading Sorting the Lumps
At the beginning of each year we summarize and analyze incident reports from the previous year. Check out these previous summaries. This year we will post individual topics here as we complete portions of the analysis. Take a look, engage with the exercises, and give us some feedback. The complete 2017 Annual Incident Review Summary will be … Continue reading Smokeless Danger
By Travis Dotson Look at this word cloud: I collect very simple notes about the types of injuries listed in the reports submitted to the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center. I took all of the notes from 2017 and used a word cloud generator to make this one. The size of the word is relative … Continue reading Minor Rhabdo Fatal Burns
By Mike Lewelling - Fire Management Officer - Rocky Mountain National Park The Safety Officer stated that the purpose of our review was to learn from this accident and to ask ourselves: “How could this accident be prevented?” A good goal, and a good question. But, even so, it is a question that bothered me. I recently had the unfortunate job … Continue reading It’s Going to Happen Again
By Travis Dotson Nic bucked up the tree he had just put on the ground. Then he shut the saw off and sat with his saw partner for 15-20 minutes. Nic got up to cut another tree. The saw wouldn't start. He had heard all the stories. He had talked about geysering in training. He … Continue reading This Hotshot Was Burned When His Saw Geysered – Listen to His Lessons.
By Travis Dotson “. . . when that tree gets held up by some of its tree buddies anywhere shy of the dirt, the only thing damaged at that point is our ego.” Yes, you read that title correctly. I’m suggesting that if you are trying to put a tree on the ground and you … Continue reading If You Hang a Tree Up, Hand Over the Saw