The permanence is absolute and swift. There’s a snap of the fingers and everything is forever changed and yet nothing seems to be different at all. Am I going crazy? You look around and everything is familiar and normal except someone is missing. It’s disorienting when people in your life disappear without warning. … Continue reading Tornado Alley
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Every spring crews nationwide ready themselves for the fire season by way of physical training, medical scenarios and classroom time and every year that guy shows up. How is it statistically possible that we end up with that guy almost every year on every single crew? Even though we all know that guy, there … Continue reading The Shuffle
DISCLAIMER: There is a healthy amount of cussing strewn throughout this post, consider yourselves warned. The fire season was here once again and I had taken a temporary detail away from my job on the rappel crew to work at the Missoula Technology and Development Center (MTDC) as part of the Heat Stress Study … Continue reading A hike in someone else’s boots
My first season on a Hotshot Crew was tough. I felt like I was strivin’ for survivin’ in those first weeks. I showed up with some type II handcrew and engine experience but even still it felt like a big leap to the type I world. Our PT’s were intense, the fitness level … Continue reading Prove Yourself
I remember the day before our first jump. All of us “Rookie Candidates” were corralled into the airplane hanger to have a chat at the jump plane right before the end of the day. Most of what was discussed has long since been forgotten except for this one tidbit: We were standing outside the … Continue reading Jump 1, Jump 2
On a regular basis I find myself noticing similarities between fighting fire and being a parent. These are the top 10 that spring to mind. 1.Being a rookie. As a rookie in fire you have no idea what the hell is going on. You think you have prepared yourself in all the right ways … Continue reading 10 Ways firefighting prepped me for parenthood
First of all, don’t be that guy. Don’t be last to lineout in the morning; get back to the rigs from a store stop, water up, suit up in your jump gear, get up the hill, or be last in a run. Don’t leave your buggy window open, slam the door to the blue room … Continue reading Fire Culture