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Tactical Decision Points: Proactive Wildland Fire Risk Management

By Todd McNeal With the multitude of risk management protocols devoted to firefighter safety in wildland suppression operations, sometimes the simplest tools are overlooked. I advocate that the simplest safety elements are usually the best. Examples of these simple risk management tools are everywhere: in reference materials like the Incident Response Pocket Guide (IRPG), etched into our memories, and written into our agency policies. However, even with this saturation of memory aids, there are still incidents when the most fundamental and elemental safety reminders are not established or adhered to. An example of this would be failure of firefighters to establish and adhere to tactical d...

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