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Learning in the Wildland Fire Service

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Slow and Steady: A Conversation between Travis Dotson and Andrew Addey
43:30

Andrew Addey is currently a Forest Training Officer, a position he landed after ten years on the Sawtooth Interagency Hotshot Crew.

Travis and Andrew chatted about a ton of important topics, including:

  • Growing our perspective on the job of a Line Officer.
  • Expanding our training beyond the "traditional" courses.
  • The San Antonio Fire Hit by Tree and Medical Extraction.
  • Preparing more than just radio drivers for emergency command roles.
  • Learning from Military Crew Advisor assignments.
May 29, 2019
Entrapments
38:28

Why Talk About Entrapments?

In January 2018, as part of work on the 2017 Annual Incident Review Summary, LLC staffers Travis and Alex recorded this discussion about entrapments. Listen to their wide-ranging conversation to find out more about entrapments, what they really are, why we're reluctant to use the term “Entrapment”—and why we should use this term more often.

To read more about entrapments in 2017, check out the 2017 Annual Incident Review Summary (Download Now).

Curious to know more about the Wagon Box incident that is discussed in this podcast? Check it out here.

Jul 17, 2018
Bad Apples
29:44

In this podcast, Travis Dotson and Brit Rosso introduce the concept of the "Bad Apple" as it applies to the business of wildland fire. To do so, we take a close look at one of our heroes, Paul Gleason, and some decisions Paul made back in 2000 on a fire some of you may have never heard of.

For more on the topics of Bad Apples, Paul Gleason, and this mystery fire, be sure to check out the Spring 2018 Issue of Two More Chains.

May 28, 2018
The Importance of Identity
48:59

In this podcast, we hear from Travis Dotson--a regular on the podcast--and Brit Rosso, the Director of the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center and podcast newcomer.

In the discussion, we try to make sense of the super complex and convoluted topic of "Identity."  Travis and Brit tackle a wide range of topics, including:

  • What does it mean to be "All-In?"
  • What are all the ways your identity can get "smashed"?
  • What do we struggle with when we leave the fireline?
  • Do you "throw rocks" at folks struggling with retirement?

For even more on the topic of Identity, be sure to check out the Fall 2017 Issue of Two More Chains.  

Dec 06, 2017
Nuttall Fire Series: Thomas Taylor, Flagstaff IHC Sawyer
40:31

For the 2017 Week of Remembrance, the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center is focusing on a single shift on a single fire from July 2004, the Nuttall Fire, which burned on the Coronado National Forest in southeastern Arizona.  

In the final episode of the Nuttall Fire podcast, we hear from Thomas Taylor.  Thomas has had a remarkable fire career. He was at H-4 when the Nuttall Fire came to life.  Thomas takes us through July 2, 2004 and beyond in this podcast.

Check out the Nuttall Fire video series on our YouTube channel!  

Read about the Nuttall Fire on our Blog: www.wildfirelessons.wordpress.com

Be sure to also listen to the entire Nuttall Fire Series of Podcasts!

Jul 04, 2017
Nuttall Fire Series: Jason Virtue, helicopter crewmember
15:15

For the 2017 Week of Remembrance, the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center is focusing on a single shift on a single fire from July 2004, the Nuttall Fire, which burned on the Coronado National Forest in southeastern Arizona.  

In this episode, we hear from a firefighter who was assigned to the Nuttall Fire as a helicopter crewmember, Jason Virtue.  Jason shares his perspective from Helibase and H-6, and provides us with a few key lessons from July 2, 2004

Check out the Nuttall Fire video series on our YouTube channel!  

Read about the Nuttall Fire on our Blog: www.wildfirelessons.wordpress.com

Be sure to also listen to the entire Nuttall Fire Series of Podcasts!

Jul 03, 2017
Nuttall Fire Series: Dan and Corey from Flagstaff IHC
41:37

For the 2017 Week of Remembrance, the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center is focusing on a single shift on a single fire from July 2004, the Nuttall Fire, which burned on the Coronado National Forest in southeastern Arizona.  

In this episode, we hear from two former Squad Leaders from the Flagstaff Interagency Hotshot Crew, Dan Martin and Corey Robinson.  Dan and Corey share their experiences and lessons from July 2, 2004 on the Nuttall Fire. 

Check out the Nuttall Fire video series on our YouTube channel!  

Read about the Nuttall Fire on our Blog: www.wildfirelessons.wordpress.com

Be sure to also listen to the entire Nuttall Fire Series of Podcasts!

Jul 02, 2017
2017 Week of Remembrance: Why talk about Nuttall?
17:15

For the 2017 Week of Remembrance, the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center is focusing on a single shift on a single fire from 2004- the Nuttall Fire, which burned on the Coronado National Forest in southeastern Arizona.  

Why?  

Listen in to found out!

Stay tuned here for more on the 2017 Week of Remembrance and the Nuttall Fire: 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/WildlandFireLLC 

Blog:www.wildfirelessons.wordpress.com  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wildfirelessonslearned 

 

Jun 29, 2017
How NOT to Catch Your UTV on Fire.
05:25

What if your UTV caught on fire? Yeah - it happens. In this mini-episode we get right to the point - why you need to take a real close look at the underside of your UTV.

Listen to this 5-minute episode - then go inspect that UTV!

Related Blog Post:

This Has Happened Before…UTV Floorboard Fire.

Jun 07, 2017
Burn Injuries - Why They're a Big Deal
21:38

In this episode Alex and Travis chat about wildland firefighter burn injuries. 

  • Why are they a bigger deal than we might think? 
  • What can we do to make sure we get the treatment we need? 
  • What are the lessons from past incidents? 
Get the answers by listening!

On the Blog:

Burn Injuries - Wrong Hurts!

Socks Matter

Other Related Materials:

NWCG Memo on Drip Torch Burn Injuries

Video: Drip Torch Fuel on Pants

 

May 19, 2017
Fuel Geysers: A conversation with Ralph Gonzales
32:31

Unfortunately, when it comes to fuel geysers, there are many popular misconceptions.

True or False:

"Fuel geysers only happen when it's hot.”

“Fuel geysers only happen with chainsaws.”

“The recent chainsaw recall will fix the fuel geyser issue."

In this Podcast—that features the latest insights from Ralph Gonzales, an engineer with the U.S. Forest Service—we focus on separating fact from fiction.

Listen to this conversation. Take the Quiz!

More resources:

The National Fuel Geyser Awareness Campaign Website

Fuel Geyser Reporting Form

Read about one fuel geyser event mentioned in this podcast: Willow Peak Fire Burn Injury

 

Apr 06, 2017
Drip Torch Leg Burns
07:14

2016 marked the eighth year in a row that the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center has recieved at least one report of a serious burn injury on the leg related to drip torch use.  This podcast is just 7 minutes long - a little booster shot of awareness on this topic with a couple of pointers to consider.  

Put fire on the ground...not on your calf.

Torch Leg Burns

2015 Burn Injuries

Feb 15, 2017
Scouting...High Risk?
33:29

Do you like scouting?  Do you acknowledge the risk involved?  Chances are you take on more exposure than you realize whenever you "go take a look".  Some super dialed-in folks have died scouting:

Sawtooth Rx Entrapment (2003)

Devils Den Fatality (2006)

Frog Fire Entrapment Fatality (2015)

Dec 13, 2016
The Bull Fire Entrapment
29:19
What is it actually like to "Wag Dodge" it?  What does it feel like to realize you are in a bad spot?  What are some things you can do to prepare for that moment?  In this episode we hear it all directly from the survivor of an entrapment on the Bull Fire in Arizona.  Don't just listen - use this story, the lessons shared, and the material linked below to learn something...it could save your skin.


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Oct 25, 2016
Lessons and Data
24:15
Where do the lessons live?  In this episode we discuss the relationship between lessons and data and why it matters.  Along the way we wander through the following topics:
  • Clocks & Clouds
  • Knowing where the Medical Incident Report lives
  • The need for humility
  • Communication with Medivac Helicopters
  • The responsibility for relevance
Data from past years: Annual Incident Review Summaries
Oct 13, 2016
The Contractor's Dilemma
22:47
In this episode we tackle the "Contractor's Dilemma" - the idea that contract fire resources face different pressures that make some conversations about assignment risk more difficult.  Is this an issue?  Is it not?  Take a listen and share your experiences with us.  Tune in to get dialed!
Reports related to the discussion:
Weiser Complex Dozer Rollover (mentioned by Alex)

2014 Incident Review Summary (pg 9) (has a general description of the "dilemma")

Oct 06, 2016
Emerging Lessons - 2016
24:44
Alex Viktora and Travis Dotson discuss emerging numbers and lessons from the year so far.  Topics discussed include early season physical training medical emergencies, equipment burning up (including lessons about parking in the black), and tire failures.  Tune in to get dialed!
Sep 23, 2016
Chainsaws and Fire Season 2016: a chat with Travis Dotson
21:23
Travis Dotson, Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center Analyst, has been crunching the numbers on chainsaw incidents during the 2016 fire season.  Listen in to hear his thoughts on chainsaws, and what sawyers and crew leaders might do differently based on what he's seen so far this season. 
Aug 12, 2016