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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The Bull Fire Entrapment

October 26, 2016

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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Lessons and Data

October 14, 2016

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

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The Contractor’s Dilemma

October 7, 2016

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")

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Emerging Lessons - 2016

September 24, 2016

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!

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Chainsaws and Fire Season 2016: a chat with Travis Dotson

August 13, 2016

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. 

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