A reflection on wildland fire management dynamics may show us the patience needed for long-term success in fire management
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 […]
In 2016 the International Association of Wildland Fire will experience some transition in the Executive Committee, as well as adding five new members to the Board of Directors. First, we have five outgoing Board of Directors: Alan Goodwin, Kris Johnson, Dave Moore, Ron Steffens and Richard Thornton. We wish you the very best and sincerely […]
Workplace incivility has costs, often big costs.
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.
Creating Wildfire-Inspired Art
KIMTEK Corporation has updated its website, www.kimtekresearch.com, with Improvements targeted to streamline online searches of the company’s growing product line and its numerous existing and emerging applications. KIMTEK’s line of slide-in FIRELITE® and MEDLITE® transport skid units, engineered to fit pick-up trucks and utility vehicles used for first response in off-road and remote areas, are […]
Gaia GPS shares the smartphone app and GaiaPro subscription to support and assist firefighters working in the field.