Wildifre Lessons Learned

Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center - Prescribed Fire Chainsaw Cut

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The weight of the limb as it fell pulled the bar of the chainsaw down and struck the swamper’s left forearm.

Engine 641 personnel had undergone a locally developed “Stop the Bleed” training in the spring of 2019 and had been extensively trained in tourniquet use and placement, as well as Israeli Bandage use and placement.

Are you adequately trained to

"Stop the Bleed"?

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Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center - -Fuels Project Chainsaw Cut

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Sawyer 1 went to remove his saw from the back cut. At that same moment, Firefighter A stepped forward to push the tree over.

Firefighter A estimates he lost a liter of blood in two minutes.

How do you know that you and your saw partner are on the "same page"?

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Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center - Pothole Fire Dozer Burnover

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August 6, 2019 - The machine overheated and went into limp mode, de-rating the power. At the same time, the fire reached the dry tumbleweeds and fire intensity increased dramatically. In limp mode the dozer was unable to escape the approaching fire. The operator jumped out and retreated to the black. The operator escaped with singed hair on his hands and head.

Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center - East Evans Creek Tree Strike Lessons Learned Review

"Either we have to get used to the fact that we are going to have steady or increased numbers of firefighters getting injured or killed by hazard trees, or we are going to have to come up with some math that will help us see the value of the risks for what they really are."


What is YOUR formula for accepting risk?

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Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center - -Milepost 97 Fire- Object Strikes Crewmember

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Shortly after midnight on July 29th, an IHC was facilitating a burnout operation when an object that was neither identified nor heard – began rolling. The object ultimately struck one of the crew members in the head. The impact resulted in a fall and loss of consciousness.


Could you properly strap this Stokes litter under pressure

in the dark?

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Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center - For the Week of 4/08/19

Fire Refresher Content: Fire Shelter Deployment Stories

Whether it's for an RT-130 or for another training, check out this playlist on our YouTube Channel, which has 11 videos that capture the stories of fire shelter deployments.  Thanks to the folks at the U.S. Forest Service National Technology and Development Program for putting these stories together. 

Watch these videos now           

More Fire Shelter Training information and reminders

Tech Update: Apps to use in 2019

Check out this great list of mobile apps put together by the Wildland Fire Mobile Technology Working Group

2019 Mobile Technology Cheat Sheet

The Wildland Fire Mobile Technology Working Group has a webpage

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