The Great Exodus that is occurring amongst the ranks of the wildland firefighting population is on a catastrophic trajectory because of what it will mean for wildfire response moving into the future.
When the pandemic hit in 2020, it flipped everything sideways for the fire community and most things were uncertain except for one; fires would still happen, and firefighters would have to respond. At the time, I was in a secondary fire position which didn’t require me to take an assignment but with the position I … Continue reading The 40 Year Old Fill-In
Well... here we are. There’s no question that January 6th, 2021 will be a day marked in history because what took place crossed a line that most people could never have imagined, but even so, it wasn’t surprising. That’s because where we are in this moment is a natural progression between where we’ve come from and where we’re headed.
Holidays mean something different to everyone but a huge component usually has to do with togetherness. This year is particularly difficult because we can’t be “together” but that doesn’t eliminate our ability to exhibit togetherness through our actions.
The time finally came in 2019 when they both seemed to have retired fully. It looked to be a great next chapter for Bruce and Kathleen, then all hell broke loose.
Duty There is a sense of purpose behind this work. Choosing a career in public service is about contributing to something bigger than yourself; it is actively prioritizing the needs of others above your own. Along with the selfless nature of the job, another component is discomfort. More often times than not you’ll be drenched … Continue reading Duty, Respect, Integrity.
In this world, far more things are possible than not. Altruism resides in everyone, whether or not they act on it. I could step out the front door and have the best day of my life. The most valuable commodity is time, where and how you invest matters. The most fun I’ve had in this … Continue reading Buoyancy
Sometimes a situation in life sends you searching for “the words” but they don’t always come when you need them. This is true for me right now, in this moment. So here are some words, which are long lost cousins of “the words” that I can’t seem to locate, bear with me. I’ve been unbelievably … Continue reading In Search of, “The Words”
Life as I Know It: 0730: Wake Up (how is this is sleeping in now?) and make French toast for breakfast. Happy Sunday! 0745: Wake the kiddo 0815: Clean up from breakfast, run the dishwasher and get ready to exercise 0845: Take the kiddo jogging in the stroller 0930: Shower (for both of us) and … Continue reading Me and What Army?
With exploration of the unknown come blunders and missteps. The other side of adventuring is adversity. Living nomadically also means living with insane logistics. When you don’t know where you’re going, you don’t know where you’re going. Things will work out when you work to work them out. If you’ve got 1,000 balls in the … Continue reading Underbelly