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Kelly Woods talks with Erik Apland about his assignment to read all of the entrapment reports housed in the LLC Incident Review Database. Erik provides perspective on the evolution of reports spanning over a century. He highlights how old reports contain modern topics and he also provides some unique thoughts on PPE. In addition, Erik discusses how…
 
In a conversation with Travis Dotson, Chris Fry shares the powerful story of his entrapment and shelter deployment on the 2006 Mudd Fire. We learn several key details about what happened that day. Chris discusses the lessons he has gained during his healing process and how the post-deployment mental health aspects of his experience are what truly m…
 
Travis Dotson and Alex Viktora discuss the Tree Felling Accident Analysis – a report comparing 53 different tree felling accidents. Topics covered include: Predicting Tree Reactions Hung-Up Trees Helmets Two People at the Base Area Control Escape Routes Accidents During Training If you have anything to do with chainsaws on the fireline…tune in. Dow…
 
Andrew Addey is currently a Forest Training Officer, a position he landed after ten years on the Sawtooth Interagency Hotshot Crew. Travis and Andrew chatted about a ton of important topics, including: Growing our perspective on the job of a Line Officer. Expanding our training beyond the "traditional" courses. The San Antonio Fire Hit by Tree and …
 
Why Talk About Entrapments? In January 2018, as part of work on the 2017 Annual Incident Review Summary, LLC staffers Travis and Alex recorded this discussion about entrapments. Listen to their wide-ranging conversation to find out more about entrapments, what they really are, why we're reluctant to use the term “Entrapment”—and why we should use t…
 
In this podcast, Travis Dotson and Brit Rosso introduce the concept of the "Bad Apple" as it applies to the business of wildland fire. To do so, we take a close look at one of our heroes, Paul Gleason, and some decisions Paul made back in 2000 on a fire some of you may have never heard of. For more on the topics of Bad Apples, Paul Gleason, and thi…
 
In this podcast, we hear from Travis Dotson--a regular on the podcast--and Brit Rosso, the Director of the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center and podcast newcomer. In the discussion, we try to make sense of the super complex and convoluted topic of "Identity." Travis and Brit tackle a wide range of topics, including: What does it mean to be "All-…
 
For the 2017 Week of Remembrance, the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center is focusing on a single shift on a single fire from July 2004, the Nuttall Fire, which burned on the Coronado National Forest in southeastern Arizona. In the final episode of the Nuttall Fire podcast, we hear from Thomas Taylor. Thomas has had a remarkable fire career. He wa…
 
For the 2017 Week of Remembrance, the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center is focusing on a single shift on a single fire from July 2004, the Nuttall Fire, which burned on the Coronado National Forest in southeastern Arizona. In this episode, we hear from a firefighter who was assigned to the Nuttall Fire as a helicopter crewmember, Jason Virtue. J…
 
For the 2017 Week of Remembrance, the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center is focusing on a single shift on a single fire from July 2004, the Nuttall Fire, which burned on the Coronado National Forest in southeastern Arizona. In this episode, we hear from two former Squad Leaders from the Flagstaff Interagency Hotshot Crew, Dan Martin and Corey Rob…
 
For the 2017 Week of Remembrance, the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center is focusing on a single shift on a single fire from 2004- the Nuttall Fire, which burned on the Coronado National Forest in southeastern Arizona. Why? Listen in to found out! Stay tuned here for more on the 2017 Week of Remembrance and the Nuttall Fire: YouTube: https://www.…
 
What if your UTV caught on fire? Yeah - it happens. In this mini-episode we get right to the point - why you need to take a real close look at the underside of your UTV. Listen to this 5-minute episode - then go inspect that UTV! Related Blog Post: This Has Happened Before…UTV Floorboard Fire.By Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center
 
In this episode Alex and Travis chat about wildland firefighter burn injuries. Why are they a bigger deal than we might think? What can we do to make sure we get the treatment we need? What are the lessons from past incidents? Get the answers by listening! On the Blog: Burn Injuries - Wrong Hurts! Socks Matter Other Related Materials: NWCG Memo on …
 
Unfortunately, when it comes to fuel geysers, there are many popular misconceptions. True or False: "Fuel geysers only happen when it's hot.” “Fuel geysers only happen with chainsaws.” “The recent chainsaw recall will fix the fuel geyser issue." In this Podcast—that features the latest insights from Ralph Gonzales, an engineer with the U.S. Forest …
 
2016 marked the eighth year in a row that the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center has recieved at least one report of a serious burn injury on the leg related to drip torch use. This podcast is just 7 minutes long - a little booster shot of awareness on this topic with a couple of pointers to consider. Put fire on the ground...not on your calf. To…
 
What is it actually like to "Wag Dodge" it? What does it feel like to realize you are in a bad spot? What are some things you can do to prepare for that moment? In this episode we hear it all directly from the survivor of an entrapment on the Bull Fire in Arizona. Don't just listen - use this story, the lessons shared, and the material linked below…
 
Where do the lessons live? In this episode we discuss the relationship between lessons and data and why it matters. Along the way we wander through the following topics: Clocks & Clouds Knowing where the Medical Incident Report lives The need for humility Communication with Medivac Helicopters The responsibility for relevance Data from past years: …
 
In this episode we tackle the "Contractor's Dilemma" - the idea that contract fire resources face different pressures that make some conversations about assignment risk more difficult. Is this an issue? Is it not? Take a listen and share your experiences with us. Tune in to get dialed! Reports related to the discussion: Weiser Complex Dozer Rollove…
 
Alex Viktora and Travis Dotson discuss emerging numbers and lessons from the year so far. Topics discussed include early season physical training medical emergencies, equipment burning up (including lessons about parking in the black), and tire failures. Tune in to get dialed! Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park RhabdomyolysisLLR DeerCreek Fire …
 
Travis Dotson, Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center Analyst, has been crunching the numbers on chainsaw incidents during the 2016 fire season. Listen in to hear his thoughts on chainsaws, and what sawyers and crew leaders might do differently based on what he's seen so far this season.By Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center
 
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