TODAY, IN OUR WILDFIRE COMMUNITIES, we may well claim, with some due pride, that we possess some quality of commitment when it comes to the diversity, science, safety and health that are key to our evolving vitality. Since it seems clear that without inclusiveness and safety in our fire community, how will we of help […]
THE WILDFIRE PROFESSION, as with so many public-service professions, is managed from within and outside our profession. It’s not breaking news to note that some of those outside managers may not share our priorities, values, or even our facts. At times it seems as if we (those working within the profession) are heading to resolve […]
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 […]
A Briefing for the October 2017 issue of Wildfire Magazine.
Our voices were warbling over WhatsApp, one colleague to another, continents apart, when I realized, during one of those pauses when the bytes are racing to reconstruct into voices, that her pause after I said “Swiss Cheese Model” wasn’t because of the balky internet but rather she hadn’t heard of the concept. I offered this […]
Here’s the pitch. The Apprentice is tanking. We might imagine that the executive producer, moving on to bigger challenges, is desperate for another vehicle, desperate for a win. A huge win. Sir, we say, all we need to do is just try to solve the fire problem. Even if we don’t win, we’ve got guaranteed […]
The Doubting Thomases who parley “climate skepticism” into their own self-promotion have joined together into a club, some of whom are moving this month into a few wings of the White House and the US federal government. As fire professionals, this does and should concern us — as we either engage in and work to […]
Why “wicked fire problems” are the focus of two simultaneous IAWF conferences and this issue of Wildfire Magazine.
When animals gather in large groups, we give them names: a “charm of finches,” a “bike of hornets.” Crows come in a murder, horde, parcel, or my favorite — a storytelling of crows. In folktales, crows gathered to pass judgment (and capital punishment) on their peers. Other eytomologies claim that this dark side of crows […]
For an hour on a small fire in this huge burning summer I doubled-up, adding incident commander to my role as duty officer, which is a no-no in anyone’s SOPs. Duty Officer should stay big-picture. This was a Red Flag day and I’d planned to meet a patrol engine in the field — so she […]