Next week, we at JFSP say a fond retirement farewell to Tim Swedberg. Check him out in the very back row of this 1980 photo of the Palomar Hotshots. He's the big dude with the big smile on the right.
The Power of â€˜&â€™
1975. The founding of the Palomar Hotshots on the Cleveland National Forest - my first permanent job at $3.50 an hour. We cut line with brush hooks. Experience was the best teacher. We learned by the stories of your foremen - like Gary Glotfelty, George Mangel, Barry Callenberger, and Red Wilson, who survived the Decker Fire. We learned from stories of the Inaja Fire, Loop Fire, and so many others - just in southern California.
Wildland fire science was just beginning then. Easy to read fire behavior publications by Clive Countryman appeared on the scene. In 1977, Carl C. Wilson wrote, â€œFatal and Near-Fatal Forest Fires: The Common Denominatorsâ€.
No longer was experience the sole teacher.
The time had come for learning from experience & fire science.
I encourage you to continue to learn from both your experiences & science publications such as our Extreme Fire Behavior Syntheses. Paul Gleason was often quoted, â€œBe a student of fireâ€, & I suggest you also be teachers.
It has been fun for 40 years. I hope some of our stories from JFSP helped you learn along the way. Itâ€™s time to say adios.