Initial Attack Incident Commander: Day 2

On day two, my assumptions about the incident we familiarized ourselves with and practiced in the sand table were reaffirmed. We’d been mocking up a fire in Washington, in the Methow valley, near Woods Canyon Road. We were commanding plastic toy trucks, small plastic airplanes and helicopters, making decisions concerning firefighter and public safety, leaders … [Read more…]

Initial Attack Incident Commander: Day 1

I’ve watched Apollo 13 and took notes on duty,respect and integrity; read Ted Putnam’s The Collpapse of Decision Making and Organizational Structure On Storm King Mountain and driven 300 miles, checked into a dirtbag motel, cleaned up the carsickness milk puke my son vomited everywhere in the car last nite and arrived at S200 Initial … [Read more…]

On The Road: Yarnell

I’m sitting in Foxworth Galbraith Home Design Center’s parking lot, just across the street from 501 6th St. in Presott, Arizona. As I listen to reverse horns on a truck from a nearby lumber yard, and all the 3 pm traffic filling up my head, I can’t help but feel somewhat intimidated.  Just the noise … [Read more…]