#44 – Bulldozer Pool Hopping

Bulldozer Pool Hopping

Back in the mid 1980s, I got a fire assignment to take a strike team of type 1 engines (city fire engines) to southern California (from Arizona) for a large wildfire that was burning into a city. This was my dream. I always thought that southern California wildires were the most challenging and exciting to fight. Over the 45 years of my career I fought many fires in California and throughout the US but California fires are often very unique. Any large incident is going to have it’s complexities and the more influences on a fire, the more complex it gets. Politics, fire behavior, fuels, wildland-urban interface, etc etc. The complexities in southern California are endless. Fast foward about 20 years… Today’s story takes place in 2003 and I was involves a simple assignment I was given on another large California fire. I was told to take 6 bulldozers and build a fireline behind an affluent subdivision and prepare to burn out the fireline in preparation of the main fire coming down the mountain. Seems like a simple straightforward assignment. But nothing ever turns out to be that simple or straight forward. Listen to what happens but keep in mind what can happen to your at your job. Remember, have realistic expectations and be flexible at work. You just never know what might happen.

Episode 44, Bulldozer Pool Hopping, June 12, 2020, BobbieOnFire.com

One thought on “#44 – Bulldozer Pool Hopping

  1. GREAT story, I could picture all of it. I think that was a trend in rental vehicles in 2003, was on my house-hunting trip in UT in 2003 and same thing happened with they keys. But we were alone and our wallets and cell phone were in the locked car. Long story. Anyway, great as always and I love hearing John and Ann laugh!

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