2017 WOR Day 4: Getting Real About Complexity

Week of Remembrance
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Jun 2020

Ribbon symbol for survivor next to the Wildland Fire Leadership logoWeek of Remembrance June 30-July 6, 2017

Sometimes our plans don’t work out. We know this, that is why we have contingency plans — but how many contingency plans should you have? How do you prepare for the complexity we face?

What if you were dealing with:

  • Differing opinions ("Don't go to H-4" or "We're going to H-4")
  • First plan doesn't work (escape route cut off)
  • Surprising fire behavior
  • Not everyone is aware of who is on the line
  • Medical emergency
  • Layout not known to all (Trail vs. Handline)

Discuss the following questions:

  • How will you prepare for each instance?
  • How will you prepare for all of them happening at the same time?

Want context from a real-life event? Watch and discuss Episode 3 of the Nuttall Fire Story video series here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Yt0l100jpw


Additional Resources

Incident Management Situation Report (IMSR)
10 Standard Firefighting Orders, PMS 110 
18 Watch Out Situations, PMS 118
10 & 18 Poster, PMS 110-18
NWCG Incident Response Pocket Guide (IRPG), PMS 461
RT-130, Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher (WFSTAR)
Interagency Standards for Fire and Fire Aviation Operations (Red Book)
Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center


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