by Alex Spannuth The Kestrel 5500 feels, looks, and operates like it was designed for the fireline. With a tough exterior, bulky feel, and the transition to AA batteries, it fits in with most fire operations and apparatuses. Where the 5500 sets itself apart from the rest of fires’ un-user-friendly devices is the customization and […]
Learning from how we responded to and managed 10 major Australasian emergencies, from cyanide spills to major structure fires, from floods to bushfires.
When considering fire behavior, shouldn’t we also consider what can be the “wicked problem” of uncertainty? Here, researcher Rachel Quill offers a look at the uncertainty of wind and how it affects fire modeling.
One of the wickedest problems in wildfire management is firefighter safety, with no single solution offering the safety we require. Here, we offer an update on one aspect of the many entwined solutions essential for maintaining firefighter safety — the technology that helps protect us from the flames — featuring a short history of the emergency fire shelter and news on the multi-stage process for updating fire shelters.
When it comes to the concept of “wicked problems,” the process and effects of rapidly accelerating climate change may prove to be the defining “wicked problem” of our era — and one that fire managers must seek to face and resolve. This on-the-scenes first-person report is not the definitive or final report from the fires in Tasmania — here Michael Hill offers the insights of a long-time firefighter (and Wildfire Magazine contributing editor) on the “what” of this particular incarnation of our wicked climate problem, so we might consider the “what next” — in Tasmania and elsewhere as our climate-and-fire regimes change.
At the 6th International Wildland Fire Conference this past October, the talk focused on a year of devastating fires (even as Indonesia burned) and on local, regional and global actions for managing fire in the Pyrocene. Writer Lindon Pronto and a range of experts offer insights on how this key global conference helped to influence the Paris climate talks and may guide us into an era of integrated fire management.
It’s not just flames. To learn from and prevent tragedy fires, we should consider ourselves and add human factors to the fire environment that lead to tragedy fires. Here we offer insights and an updated list of “Common Human Factors on Tragedy Fires” from a seasoned Hotshot Superintendent.
By definition, tragedy fires aren’t tragic until fire physics intersects with the human factors typical of a firefighter’s engagement with the fire. Here’s the summary of human factors on tragedy fires observed and synthesized by Matt Holmstrom — offered not as a checklist but as a toolset for cautionary reflection.
Gaia GPS shares the smartphone app and GaiaPro subscription to support and assist firefighters working in the field.
With a fire-summer of extremes, we share this position statement developed and supported by a position statement that was one result of the Large Wildland Fires Conference. The statement was developed and supported by the Association for Fire Ecology , International Association of Wildland Fire, and The Nature Conservancy.