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Staff Ride PART ONE - Do The Yarnell Hill Fire Staff Rides by Arizona State Forestry provide that specific perspective of strategy, technology, and leadership? After reviewing the 52 page Facilitator Guide - did you even take that route that day?

I am in "travel" mode until the 18th of December 2018. I will come back to this and the next post again to add more Staff Ride content after the Holidays.

 

Happy Holidays!

 

How does an eyewitness (me) to an epic fatality fire get invited to a Staff Ride?

 

Get trained to be a Wildland Firefighter. 

 

I submitted my original public records request on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 10:54 PM asking for all

2017 and 2018 Yarnell Hill (YH) Fire Staff Ride records, including maps.

 

The reason why I wanted those records is based on a huge land purchase where the Wildland Firefighters  / Firefighters (WF/FF) have told me first hand about their Staff Ride experiences which did not match the formal documents below. 

 

The earnest funds are with land owner Chung on her 160 acres where she listed in recent times the theme of my blog; the Sesame Street to Shrine Corridor, for $995,000. We want a true Lessons Learned section to those Weavers versus what currently is being indoctrinated to the current, future, and retired Fire Industry.

 

Our team had the projected amount when going into this and in cashing in Investments and a loss in the market/taxes and not being able to use one source ... has our "Lessons Learned" team at the eleventh hour of our Gracious Lord in prayer. I am presenting this public because God has led me to share this with the World for the pureness need of $228,377.66.

 

If there is anyone with the requisite funding expertise tools - or funding - to help us achieve such goal by the 20th of December than please reach me. If you sit with us and hear the blue print - this is a historic decision. 

 

If anyone is tired of seeing the current Fire Industry system requiring the world to become an investigator - may you be a firefighter or common civilian - versus relying on the Fire Industry experts hired to do such a task for Fire Fatalities.

 

This could be a "worthwhile and valuable" spot to create a true satellite - a Yarnell Hill Fire Lessons Learned Center to train current Wildland Firefighters and Hybrids as well as a branch to help our Veterans.

 

The team has placed their entire life into this. We are dedicated in the long haul to do this.

 

Are you feeling the same way?

 

Reach out to me if you do.

 

What follows is the "official" AZ State Forestry 2017-2018 YH Fire Staff Ride information source. The 2016 versions were the Beta Tests and the Family Staff Rides that will be addressed in another post after the Holidays.

 

Bear in mind that this YH Fire Staff Ride is based on the seriously flawed "official" YH Fire Serious Accident Investigation "Factual" and Management Report.

 

So then, how is it possible, as the YH Fire Staff Ride Goals points out, to "create a memorable  learning experience that helps participants make better decisions supported by the application of  recent and relevant history" (emphasis added) when the the Staff Rides are based on the seriously flawed "official" YH Fire Serious Accident Investigation "Factual" and Management Reports.

 

Refer to Dr. Ted Putnam's post here on this site titled: "May I Introduce Wildland Fire's Top Notch Person ... Dr. Ted Putnam ... His Life Example Inspires Others To Become More ... Wouldn't You Agree?October 15, 2018"

 

“Historically accident investigations have provided crucial feedback for maximizing safety. These investigations have usually produced step-by-step factual reports to document the accident. Recently some investigations have recommended relating the accident in a story format to increase readability, interest and learning within  firefighter safety cultures. Sometimes investigators deliberately distort or do not report all the causal elements. Such biases lead firefighters to distrust the resulting reports, which can hamper our efforts to stay safe.” (emphasis added) 

 

( https://www.yarnellhillfirerevelations.com/single-post/2018/10/15/May-I-Introduce-Wildland-Fires-Top-Notch-Person-Dr-Ted-Putnam-His-Life-Example-Inspires-Others-To-Become-More-Wouldnt-You-Agree )

 

 

Next, visit the Federal Wildland Fire Staff Ride Library ( https://www.fireleadership.gov/toolbox/staffride/main_about_staff_rides.html ) provides some historical insight on Staff Rides.

 

"Staff rides were developed by the Prussian Army in the early nineteenth century and have been used by the militaries in many countries since then. In the 1970's the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps turned to staff rides with great enthusiasm and now they are considered essential instructional techniques in advanced military schools and in field units."

 

It is important to note that there is a distinct difference between Staff Ride / Case Study / Site Visit, each having its own respective value(s).

 

Here is an extremely interesting, yet often ignored, key sentence "A staff ride should avoid being a recital of a single investigation report. Such reports rarely address the human factors that affect individual decision-making. For this reason, providing participants with a variety of information sources is important." ( bold emphasis added and italics original )

 

To the chagrin of the naysayers and "progressive thinkers" this website is indeed one of those in the "variety of information sources" categories.

 

This is the link to the Center of Military History (CMH) website ( https://history.army.mil/staffRides/index.html )

 

"Staff rides represent a unique and persuasive method of conveying the lessons of the past to the present-day Army leadership for current application. Properly conducted, these exercises bring to life, on the very terrain where historic encounters took place, examples, applicable today as in the past, of leadership, tactics and strategy, communications, use of terrain, and, above all, the psychology of men in battle. This historical study, particularly with personal reconnaissance, offers valuable opportunities to develop professional leadership and the capacity for effective use of combined arms on the air-land battlefield." (emphasis added)

 

 

 

 

 

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Here was the reply to my recent public records request that Arizona State Forestry acknowledged from Wednesday, November 21, 2018 11:25 AM:

 

Monday, December 3, 2018 1:16 PM

 

Ms. Collura,

 

In regards to your Public Records request on 11/21/2018 - which I have attached for your reference -  you requested 2017 and 2018 staff ride records for Yarnell, including maps. 

 

I have attached the Yarnell Facilitator's Guide we used for both years. 

 

This email serves as partial completion of your PRR. 

 

Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out. 

Tiffany

 

Yarnell Facilitator Guide OpTest No Date.pdf (attached)


Tiffany Davila
Public Affairs Officer
Department of Forestry and Fire Management
602-540-1036
tdavila@dffm.az.gov

Figure 1. Page One of 52 of the "official" Yarnell Hill Fire Staff Ride Source: Arizona State Forestry

 

 

Figure 2. Page Two of 52 of the "official" Yarnell Hill Fire Staff Ride Source: Arizona State Forestry 

Figure 3. Page Three of 52 of the "official" Yarnell Hill Fire Staff Ride Source: Arizona State Forestry 

 

Figure 4. Page Four of 52 of the "official" Yarnell Hill Fire Staff Ride Source: Arizona State Forestry 

Figure 5. Page Five of 52 of the "official" Yarnell Hill Fire Staff Ride Source: Arizona State Forestry 

 

 

 

 

Figure 6. Page Six of 52 of the "official" Yarnell Hill Fire Staff Ride Source: Arizona State Forestry 

 

 

In Figure 6, this may be the "official" map for YH Fire Staff Rides and Site Visits, yet there has been Wildland Firefighters/Firefighters/Hybrids who have shared their experiences and they were brought out there on different guided terrain paths and some have come on to this 160 acres Sesame to Shrine Corridor or come in from Peeples Valley areas by vehicles.

 

I would ask them "are you sure it was a Staff Ride or was it a Site Visit?"

 

They said yes - but to which one? They went through the Sesame to Shrine areas. We began the purchase based on those firefighters accounts.

 

Now see the official map shows it only on the Arizona State Land Memorial Park Trail. This area is rich in Native American history (archaeological artifacts). Just ask John MacLean. It also traverses the Maughan's private and Arizona State Land. So then, these were actually "off the record" experiences these firefighters had labelled "Staff Rides."

Figure 7. Page Seven of 52 of the "official" Yarnell Hill Fire Staff Ride Source: Arizona State Forestry 

 

Figure 8. Page Eight of 52 of the "official" Yarnell Hill Fire Staff Ride Source: Arizona State Forestry 

 

Figure 9. Page Nine of 52 of the "official" Yarnell Hill Fire Staff Ride Source: Arizona State Forestry 

 

Figure 10. Page Ten of 52 of the "official" Yarnell Hill Fire Staff Ride Source: Arizona State Forestry 

 

Figure 11. Page Eleven of 52 of the "official" Yarnell Hill Fire Staff Ride Source: Arizona State Forestry 

 

 

Figure 12a. Page Twelve of 52 of the "official" Yarnell Hill Fire Staff Ride Source: Arizona State Forestry 

 

 

 

Figure 12b. Page Twelve of 52 of the "official" Yarnell Hill Fire Staff Ride with names I have come to know Source: Arizona State Forestry 

 

Left to Right as I see it are the ones in this photograph: Yarnell Fire Dept. Chief Ben Palm, Thom Taylor, Brit Rosso (pointing), Fritz Mueller. Back: Jim Cook, Paul Musser, Todd Abel. And the one in "the cross hairs" with hands in his pockets is very likely AZ State Forestry John Truett.

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I want you all to "pay close attention" to one of the finest firefighters out there; Thom Taylor and his somber, contemplative facial expressions while others smile. This man best represents my facial expressions / body language when I am out there. He understands the culture, the politics, fire safety, and I would follow this man if I was to work for him. My facial expression in the fatality area matches Thom Taylor in the image below in Figure 12c.

Figure 12c.  Joy A. Collura above the YH Fire GMHS Fatality Site. Source: Joy A. Collura

 

Figure 13. Page Thirteen of 52 of the "official" Yarnell Hill Fire Staff Ride Source: Arizona State Forestry 

 

Figure 14. Page Fourteen of 52 of the "official" Yarnell Hill Fire Staff Ride  Source: Arizona State Forestry

 

Hopefully, you noted the blue "Students of Fire" block above giving official credence to author Kyle Dickman's Burning Edge book regarding leadership styles and stereotypes exhibited by the leadership involved in this incident. Dickman is the author that did a less than satisfactory job fact checking details and gave his opinions instead on what likely occurred or what they were likely thinking at the time or should have been doing especially on us the eyewitnesses and the legal team for him said they went by the SAIT - SAIR.

 

 

 

 

Figure 15. Page Fifteen of 52 of the "official" Yarnell Hill Fire Staff Ride  Source: Arizona State Forestry

 

 

Figure 16. Page Sixteen of 52 of the "official" Yarnell Hill Fire Staff Ride  Source: Arizona State Forestry

 

 

 

Figure 17. Page Seventeen of 52 of the "official" Yarnell Hill Fire Staff Ride  Source: Arizona State Forestry

 

Figure 17a. Page Seventeen of 52 of the "official" Yarnell Hill Fire Staff Ride with Brit Rosso (left) John Truett (middle) and Darrel Willis (right). Source: Arizona State Forestry

 

Figure 18. Page Eighteen of 52 of the "official" Yarnell Hill Fire Staff Ride Source: Arizona State Forestry

Figure 19. Page Nineteen of 52 of the "official" Yarnell Hill Fire Staff Ride Source: Arizona State Forestry

Figure 20. Page Twenty of 52 of the "official" Yarnell Hill Fire Staff Ride  Source: Arizona State Forestry

 

 

 

Figure 21. Page Twenty-One of 52 of the "official" Yarnell Hill Fire Staff Ride  Source: Arizona State Forestry

 

 

Figure 22. Page Twenty-Two of 52 of the "official" Yarnell Hill Fire Staff Ride  Source: Arizona State Forestry

 

 

Figure 23. Page Twenty-Three of 52 of the "official" Yarnell Hill Fire Staff Ride Source: Arizona State Forestry

Figure 24. Page Twenty-Four of 52 of the "official" Yarnell Hill Fire Staff Ride Source: Arizona State Forestry

 

Figure 25. Page Twenty-Five of 52 of the "official" Yarnell Hill Fire Staff Ride Source: Arizona State Forestry

 

Figure 26. Page Twenty-Six of 52 of the "official" Yarnell Hill Fire Staff Ride Source: Arizona State Forestry

 

Consider now continuing on to this post: the Staff Ride PART TWO; Do the Yarnell Hill Fire Staff Rides by Arizona State Forestry provide that specific perspective of strategy, technology, and leadership? After reviewing their 52 page Facilitator Guide - did you even take that route that day? ( link )

 

 

 

Figure 27. Happy Holidays Source: https://simonssays123.wordpress.com/2012/11/18/holiday-humor/

 

Ephesians 5:11 

English Standard Version (ESV). 

11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.

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