Excellence in wildland fire management is clearly a global goal.
A Closing Message From The President
THESE STORIES WILL CHANGE US, the lives lost and houses burned, though it may take months or years for us as individuals, much less a profession, to absorb and act upon the change. We bear witness, assemble facts, ride herd on emotions and aftermath, and soon the resonance will surface and we’ll change course to [...]
Thoughts on Leadership
So how might an effective leader assure that people and their organization receive value from a tough season?
As 2017 comes to a close, we wish to thank our outgoing board member, welcome our new board member and announce transitions within the executive committee. We are pleased to announce that Tom Harbour will begin his term on the IAWF Board of Directors on January 1, 2018. Tom is a recognized expert in wildland [...]
Four award winners gathered in Boise, Idaho for an October celebration.
Brian Stocks, Wildfire Science Specialist, B.J. Stocks Wildfire Investigations Ltd., Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. Wildfire was able to speak with Brian Stocks during the last week of October and during the IAWF Awards Presentation Ceremony in Boise, ID. Brian graciously consented to allow us to present our interview with him in Wildfire. Wildfire: Brian, [...]
Michele Steinberg interviews a growing cadre of experts who explain how we can better apply fire science and engineering to protecting lives and property from wildfires.
Safety and Health
Denver Health Paramedic Division, home to the first hospital-based wildland paramedic team, brings advanced medical care to wildfires across the Western US Region.
Students of Fire
An Australian information officer and a cartoonist offer two views of their experiences supporting British Columbia during the fire bust of 2017.
Fire in the Media
Author Michael Kodas reflects on the history and impacts when fires become “mega”
Fire in the Media
“Megafire: The race to extinguish a deadly epidemic of flame.” Michael Kodas. Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Aug 22, 2017. http://www.hmhco.com/shop/books/Megafire/9780547792088# + Review by Richard McCrea In Megafire, Michael Kodas, deputy director of the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado and an award-winning journalist, succeeds in examining large wildland fires in the United [...]
Lessons learned when two linked conferences — one focused on safety, the other on prescribed fires – invite a range of global experts to gather. By Núria Prat, Mariona Borràs, and Xavier Úbeda Professional conferences — where experts, practitioners and students gather — can be the genesis of new practices and ideas. This discovery process was multiplied [...]
“I am a firefighter and a mother, but it’s harder to be both than it should be. Fire vs. family is my reality.”