Tuesday, October 22, 2013

An Education in Fire - A Look Back at Yellowstone

“Wildland fire is a phenomenon essential to nature’s design. But fire, whether caused by natural force or human beings, can also pose a threat to people and communities.”~ Leading in the Wildland Fire Service

The fires that plagued Yellowstone National Park in 1988 may be a distant memory for some; however, fire leaders charged with leading the effort are well aware of the challenges this chaotic leadership environment presented.

The New York Times reflects upon the summer of ’88 and paints a picture of what has shaped the leadership environment for today’s leaders—especially those facing similar circumstances with this year’s Rim fire in Yosemite National Park.

Fire leaders lead because leading is where they make a difference. The job of bringing order to chaos is not always easy. Those who choose to lead know their decisions may impact the fire service for years to come, but the willing accept their role in order to improve their people's lives and strengthen our organizations. (adapted from Leading in the Wildland Fire Service)

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