Fire accident reports posted at Lessons Learned Center

Air Tanker and helicopter
Air Tanker and helicopter accident prevention reports
Photo from the Interagency Aviation Accident Prevention Bulletin

In addition to the report on the entrapment of the two firefighters on the Horseshoe 2 fire, the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center has posted reports on several recent accidents and near-accidents on fires:

  • The short-haul extraction of a firefighter that was hit by a rolling rock “the size of a Volkswagen Beetle” on the Las Conchas fire in New Mexico, July 2, 2011.
  • The extraction of a firefighter who was injured by a falling tree on the Hastings Fire near Fairbanks, Alaska, June 16, 2011.
  • The 24-hour report on the crew carrier that overturned in southern California on July 4, 2011, injuring nine firefighters. (Wildfire Today originally covered this on July 5.)
  • An Interagency Aviation Accident Prevention Bulletin. An excerpt: “There have been multiple airspace related events with conditions that could lead to a mid-air collision. Analysis of past and recent near mid-air collisions revealed that communications, deviation from standard operating procedures, and situational awareness were common contributing factors.”
Las Conchas fire short-haul accident report
Firefighters on the Las Conchas fire short-haul an accident victim, July 2, 2011.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

One thought on “Fire accident reports posted at Lessons Learned Center”

  1. I hope when my family has an emergency that these guys and girls have all the support they need. i am afraid that is not the cass today.


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