Episode 45: Interview with Captain Dave Martin

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045-Dave Martin2On August 11, 2007, Captain Martin and his partner were over run by a fast-moving wildland fire. On retreat, his partner became entangled on a barbed wire fence. Captain Martin used a utility knife to cut away his partner’s ensnarled clothing and they both narrowly escaped death.

Length: 53 minutes

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Dave Martin’s crew was assigned to the task of keeping the wildland fire from jumping Highway 97. Around 2100, Captain Martin and a member of the tribal fire management team were assigned to conduct a back-burn operation along the highway.

045-Dave Martin5Unexpectedly, the fire blew up on them, eventually consuming 1,200 acres. While on a retreat from the fast moving fire, Captain Martin’s partner become entangled on a barbed wire fence. While being over run by hot embers and heavy smoke, Captain Martin used a utility knife to cut away his partner’s ensnarled clothing and they both narrowly escaped death.

Listen in as Dave shares his lessons learned that include:

1. The need to trust your intuition – your gut feel when it tells you something is not right.
2. The importance of standing your ground when you feel a mistake is being made by your partner.
3. The consequences of overlooking critical clues and cues that indicate conditions are changing.
4. How task fixation and mission myopia and serve as barriers that impact your situational awareness and flaw your decision making.

 

 

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Intro music
Safety Dance (1982)
Men Without Hats
GMC – Virgin Records

Guest Contact Information
Captain Dave Martin
Yakima County Fire District #5
fishnfire@gmail.com

Firefighter Near Miss Reporting System
http://www.firefighternearmiss.com/

 

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Intro music
Safety Dance (1982)
Men Without Hats
GMC – Virgin Records

Guest Contact Information
Fire Chief Scott Burnette
Asheville Fire Department
stburnette@ashevillenc.gov

Firefighter Near Miss Reporting System
http://www.firefighternearmiss.com/


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