Improving safety outcomes at the USDA Forest Service: 1994-2018
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Hutch Brown
Publication Year: 2019

Cataloging Information

  • culture of fire
  • firefighter fatalities
  • firefighters
  • Forest Service
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Record Last Modified: May 16, 2020
FRAMES Record Number: 61220


The culture of the USDA Forest Service has been shaped by the maxim 'Certainly it can be done' (Pinchot 1947), borrowed from the Coast Guard by the agency's first Chief, Gifford Pinchot (1905-10). From the moment employees joined the Forest Service beginning in 1905, they regarded conservation as a noble cause and their work as critical to national well-being. They took pride in overcoming difficulty and danger to accomplish their work, which often took place in high-risk environments, particularly on wildland fires. The agency's 'can-do' culture emboldened employees, including firefighters, to take risks to get the job done.

Online Link(s):
Brown, Hutch. 2019. Improving safety outcomes at the USDA Forest Service: 1994-2018. Fire Management Today 77(3):20-27.