Tuesday, October 25, 2016
A coworker recently shared a podcast with me that sparked some interesting thoughts. The podcast was titled “The New Norm,” and was an episode of the NPR “Invisibilia” series. (link to the written story here and the full podcast here)
As I listened to it, I was skeptical of how it might apply to wildland fire organizations and operations. After all, smiling Russians and teary-eyed oil rig workers aren’t normally associated with fire leadership. But then I heard something that stopped my thought process dead in its tracks: by going through an admittedly rough and unpopular process, the group of oil workers reduced their accident rate by 85%. All of the “fluff” aside, that’s remarkable, and sparked my interest.
Monday, October 24, 2016
Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Do your part and share the word.
[Photo credit:Plumas IHC]
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
|(Training on Lake Ladoga, located on the Finnish border with Russia. Photo credit: Maria Vasilieva.)|
- In 2015, the area around the city of Chita suffered what they call a "firestorm" that consumed 110,000 acres and 400 homes.
- The local government in the region often denies and under reports the size of fires.
- The federal forest service is underfunded and understaffed; so they cannot fight all fires that pop up, especially in Siberia.
- In 2016, the Irkutsk region experienced timber fires that consumed over 2,000,000 acres unchecked.
Monday, October 17, 2016
Thursday, October 13, 2016
The freedom to do your own thing ends when you have obligations and responsibilities. - Lou Holtz
Do your part and share the word.
[Photo credit: State of Alaska, Pioneer Peak IHC]
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
The Value of the Work from The Smokey Generation on Vimeo.
Why do you work? Do you get value from what you do?
The answers to these question vary among fire personnel. Adam Hernandez shares his reflections on the values he has experienced as a hotshot.
Kudos to Adam for applying lessons and the core values of duty, respect, and integrity well beyond the fireline and into his personal life.
What is your story? We challenge you to become a part of this amazing project and share your leadership stories. Bethany Hannah began The Smokey Generation: A Wildland Fire Oral History and Digital Storytelling Project for her master's thesis. All members of the wildland fire service, not just hotshots, can share their stories by following her example. Click here for potential leadership questions. Visit The Smokey Generation website for complete information.
Monday, October 10, 2016
Thursday, October 6, 2016
The art of leadership requires a constant interchange of theory and application. The art also includes being able to view the larger picture—discerning how to turn a weakness into a strength, gauging what is and is not within our control. – Leading in the Wildland Fire Service, page 9Do your part and share the word.
[Photo credit: Kari Greer/USFS]
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
The tragedy of 9/11 and technological advancements are influencing the way we respond to and engage emergency operations. The First Responder Network (FirstNet) provides the mechanism to provide emergency responders with real-time information and connections to enhance response efforts.