A first responder can only relax when they are retired or dead, and sustaining that pitch of mindfulness is a hard road.
What do we want to take with us moving forward and what should we leave behind?
I’m sharing this story in case you get the same call I did: “your coronavirus test came back positive.” COVID guilt is a real thing. But you should think twice before blaming yourself.
After multiple incident assignments so far during this special COVID-19 year, Brendan O’Reilly, Superintendent of the Prineville Interagency Hotshot Crew, has compiled several helpful lessons and observations from his perspective and that of his peers. COVID-19 Era Lessons and Observations from an IHC Superintendent By Brendan O'Reilly, Superintendent, Prinveville Interagency Hotshot Crew Online Check-In Excellent. … Continue reading COVID-19 Era Lessons and Observations from an IHC Superintendent
Here are some numbers and a few lessons from incidents that occurred during the first half of 2020 (January - June).
Hydration specific to wildland firefighters.
Operational engagement can be an addictive coping mechanism in its own convoluted way.
The Wildland Fire Medical and Public Health Advisory Team was established to lead COVID-19 planning, prevention, and mitigation for wildland fire operations.
This article is about one Hotshot Superintendent's experience implementing COVID-19 mitigations.
The following thoughts and observations are derived from my own perspective that is based on 25 seasons filled with two shelter deployments, plenty of near misses, getting hit with branches because I was mesmerized by how awesome falling a burning snag is, falling asleep while driving, falling out on hikes (because I suck at hiking, smoke too much). Oh yeah, as well as one divorce and four or five failed relationships.