The Importance of Identity

December 6, 2017

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.  

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Nuttall Fire Series: Thomas Taylor, Flagstaff IHC Sawyer

July 4, 2017

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!

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Nuttall Fire Series: Jason Virtue, helicopter crewmember

July 3, 2017

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 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!

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Nuttall Fire Series: Dan and Corey from Flagstaff IHC

July 2, 2017

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!

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2017 Week of Remembrance: Why talk about Nuttall?

June 28, 2017

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 

 

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How NOT to Catch Your UTV on Fire.

June 7, 2017

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.

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Burn Injuries - Why They’re a Big Deal

May 19, 2017

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

 

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Fuel Geysers: A conversation with Ralph Gonzales

April 7, 2017

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

 

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Drip Torch Leg Burns

February 15, 2017

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

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Scouting…High Risk?

December 14, 2016

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)

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