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!
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
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
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.
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
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:
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!
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.