Where and how we build communities are key questions to resolve if we’re to coexist with fire.
Denver Health Paramedic Division, home to the first hospital-based wildland paramedic team, brings advanced medical care to wildfires across the Western US Region.
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.
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 […]
Research by Country Fire Authority (CFA, Victoria, Australia) tests crew protection systems to ensure survival during wildfire burnovers.
Learning from how we responded to and managed 10 major Australasian emergencies, from cyanide spills to major structure fires, from floods to bushfires.
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.
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.
A nurse who focuses on firefighter injuries, Hotshot crews, and first-responder helitack firefighters receive Wildfire Emergency Medical Service Awards