2017 WOR Day 6: Getting Real About What’s Normal

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

If you have crew leaders at a staging area, how many different opinions do you have? When was the last time you had zero communication problems? These are some of the friction points often cited as “contributing factors” after unintended outcomes. Are these rare occurrences or normal work conditions?

How often do you face the following tensions?

  • Difference of Opinion
  • Communication struggles
  • Surprising fire behavior
  • Decisions under stress

Discuss the following questions:

  • How likely is it that these tensions are present on your next fire?
  • How much control do you have over these conditions?
  • If nothing bad happens, are these conditions still “contributing factors”?
  • How can you practice and improve on dealing with these conditions?

Think.  Talk.  Listen.  Repeat.

Want context from a real-life event? Watch and discuss Episode 5 of the Nuttall Fire Story video series here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uT5CL4DIoAY

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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