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
How research has helped to understand what is in the smoke of rural/urban interface fires.
A comparative study of fire fatalities and training asks how we might improve training and improve safety too.
A sampling of topics and presentations from IAWF’s upcoming conference, “Managing Fire, Understanding Ourselves: Human Dimensions in Safety and Wildland Fire.” We share these previews here and in selected articles throughout this issue of Wildfire Magazine.
This article is the second in a series by Ivan Pupulidy that explores the changing procedures and safety culture in the wildland fire profession. The first article, “Recognize error to prevent accidents,” was published in the August 2014 issue. Pupulidy is the Director of the US Forest Service Office of Learning.