Teaching mindfulness to wildland firefighters
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): D. Thomas
Publication Year: 2008

Cataloging Information

  • climate change
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • education
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire suppression
  • fuel accumulation
  • fuel management
  • wildfires
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Record Last Modified: June 3, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 47127
Tall Timbers Record Number: 23014
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: A13.32:68/2
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From the text ... 'The most important facet of any talk on High Reliability Organizing is immediately establishing the rationale for why busy wildland fire managers, who are already overloaded with firefighting safety issues and decisionmaking responsibilities, should take the time to study the new High Reliability Organizing concept of mindfulness.I begin by describing a number of reasons why busy people might want to adopt the mental posture of mindfulness.I explain how the room for decision error in fire operations has decreased during the past five decades. In my days as a young firefighter from the late 1970s to the late 1980s, you could make a few tactical mistakes and probably not suffer severe on-the-ground consequences.Today, however, mainly due to the heating of the Earth through global warming and a build up of fuels -- firefighters are working within a environmental framework of weather and fuel never experienced before. Errors that we might have 'got away with' in the past could more easily become catastrophic today.'

Online Link(s):
Thomas, D. 2008. Teaching mindfulness to wildland firefighters. Fire Management Today, v. 68, no. 2, p. 38-41.