Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Professional Reading Program - How do YOU use it?


A while ago the WFSTAR program came to the WFLDP Professional Reading Program and asked if they could help us broaden our reach by featuring the program in the annual fire refresher video series. This is the result.


Monday, June 27, 2016

IGNITE: Testing Teamwork


Teamwork is never tested in good times. – John Maxwell

Do your part and share throughout your sphere of influence!

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Friday, June 24, 2016

IGNITE: The Art of Leadership

Conversely, committed leaders, avid pupils of the art of leadership, can inspire others and make an enormous difference in people’s lives, on the results of the team, and in the progress of the organization. –Leading in the Wildland Fire Service, page 25

Conversely, committed leaders, avid pupils of the art of leadership, can inspire others and make an enormous difference in people’s lives, on the results of the team, and in the progress of the organization. – Leading in the Wildland Fire Service, page 25
Do your part and share throughout your sphere of influence!
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"LCES and Other Thoughts"

Paul Gleason
Original Document
By Paul Gleason
Former Zig Zag Hotshot Superintendent
June, 1991

"LCES and Other Thoughts"

I have been asked to give input on wildland firefighter safety to the Fire and Aviation Staff - Safety and Training, Washington Office. First, let me say I am honored to be able to contribute at this level. The afternoon of June 26, 1990, as I knelt beside a dead Perryville firefighter, I made a promise to the best of my ability to help end the needless fatalities, and alleviate the near misses, by focusing on training and operations pertinent to these goals.

Throughout my career I have dealt with wildland fire suppression, as a Hotshot Crew Supervisor, with only minor injuries occurring to those I have directly supervised. This is primarily because of two reasons, luck (which cannot be ignored) and basic lessons which I learned from the exceptional firefighters I have had the opportunity to work with. Many of the really valuable suppression lessons I learned were prior to fire shelter requirements.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Young Firefighters Learn the Art of Leadership

Every spring, firefighters can be found in various trainings all over the country. It is part of the pre-season preparedness to ensure they are not only mentally preparing for the fire season, but enhancing and refining their skills from year to year.

Monday, June 20, 2016

IGNITE: Beyond Comfort Zones

A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be. –Rosalynn Carter, First Lady of the United States 1977-1981

A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be. – Rosalynn Carter, First Lady of the United States 1977-1981

Do your part and share throughout your sphere of influence!


Friday, June 17, 2016

Mescalero Apache Helitack – Not Just another Interagency Crew


Mescalero Helitack Crew: Kevin Pellman Aldon R. Coriz, , David Melendrez, Golden Moore (BIA); Chris Jensen, Tony Carpenter, Louis M. Bouvier (USFS); Nate Maplesden, Miguel Laurenzana (Mountain Air Helicopters).
Mescalero Helitack Crew: Kevin Pellman Aldon R. Coriz, , David Melendrez, Golden Moore (BIA); Chris Jensen, Tony Carpenter, Louis M. Bouvier (USFS); Nate Maplesden, Miguel Laurenzana (Mountain Air Helicopters).
When one hears “interagency”, do they think many agencies, one mission? The Bureau of Indian Affairs Mescalero Apache Helitack Crew is just such a crew.

Consisting of members from Bureau of Indian Affairs Southwest Regional Office, Navajo Regional Office, U.S. Forest Service, Lincoln National Forest/Smokey Bear District, and Cibola National Forest, this is what interagency looks like in practice.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Big Lie

Honor the Fallen Essay Introduction

I’m the author of this essay, but it reflects two years of dialogue within a group called Honor the Fallen. Coalescing in the wake of the 2013 Yarnell Hill fire and loss of 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, HTF is a collection of roughly 30 “seekers” within the wildland fire community. Hose‐draggers, fire directors, dirt diggers, academics, “Ollies”, agency administrators, ICs, FMOs…a diverse cross section is an understatement. This essay benefits from their critical eyes and input.


IGNITE: Spirit of Duty

We fulfill our obligation by mastering our jobs, making sound and timely decisions, ensuring tasks can be done and are accomplished, and fostering this spirit of duty in subordinates. –Leading in the Wildland Fire Service, page 25
We fulfill our obligation by mastering our jobs, making sound and timely decisions, ensuring tasks can be done and are accomplished, and fostering this spirit of duty in subordinates. – Leading in the Wildland Fire Service, page 25
Do your part and share throughout your sphere of influence!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

No Two Staff Rides are Ever the Same

South Canyon staff ride participants* with varied backgrounds and perspectives discuss Human Factors near H-2.
(South Canyon staff ride participants* with varied backgrounds and perspectives discuss Human Factors near H-2. Photo credit: Paul Hohn)
No two staff rides are ever the same. Regardless of how many times a participant attends, differences occur and something new is learned. One reason for this is the audience background or experience and the perceptions each participant brings to the staff ride and how those items are woven into staff ride discussions.