Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center

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Learning in the Wildland Fire Service

Episode Date
Bad Apples
00:29:44

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
00:48:59

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
00:40:31

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
00:15:15

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 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
00:41:37

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?
00:17:15

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.
00:05:25

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 08, 2017
Burn Injuries - Why They’re a Big Deal
00:21:38

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

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May 20, 2017
Fuel Geysers: A conversation with Ralph Gonzales
00:32:31

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.”< [...]

Apr 07, 2017
Drip Torch Leg Burns
00:07:14

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 16, 2017
Scouting…High Risk?
00:33:29

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 14, 2016
The Bull Fire Entrapment
00:29:19

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 26, 2016
Lessons and Data
00:24:15

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 14, 2016
The Contractor’s Dilemma
00:22:47

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 07, 2016
Emerging Lessons - 2016
00:24:44

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 24, 2016
Chainsaws and Fire Season 2016: a chat with Travis Dotson
00:21:23

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 13, 2016