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Its not easy to NOT make that rash decision to go out and blow your hard earned back pay, and future pay supplements, on that new "overland rig", 6 bottles of high grade bourbon, a new rifle, optic, and god knows whatever vice you have... And yea... Before you ask, I know its hard... 'Cause I've been there - And also, this pay supplement may not be…
 
Dialing in your nutrition can be extremely challenging for a tactical athlete, especially for a wildland firefighter during the fire season - The lunches absolutely suck, MRE's are probably nutritionally devoid, and you oftentimes find yourself eating a bunch of gas station food like a raccoon eating out of a dumpster... That's why we have Michelle…
 
Melissa Moore is a former wildland firefighter, Hotshot, Smokejumper, and the founder of the Wildland Wellness Foundation - An organization that specializes in healing mental health issues through ancestral medicines... Thomas Wurm is the founder of Mountain Mind Tricks - An alternative therapy and mental health optimization practice that specializ…
 
Being in a very male dominated profession, women in the firefighting profession typically have a unique set of challenges to face... That's why we have Makenzie Gould on The Anchor Point Podcast today to talk about her career, her ideal nutrition, her fitness routine, making career choices that are advantageous, following your heart, and her ways o…
 
Today - June 21st, 2021: The entire federal wildland firefighting workforce FINALLY got some good news about the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act and the pay raise that comes along with it... That's why we have two of the major players in the game on the show to discuss all of the pertinent information, and how it effects the "boots on the ground". Sp…
 
Wildland firefighters tend to be a magnanimous, larger than life, and compassionate crowd... Our stories, legacies, triumphs, and tribulations are oftentimes passed along through a very tribal, and (almost exclusively) verbal means. That's where The American Wildfire Experience comes in... To catalog and preserve this verbal history through digital…
 
Our very first guest on The Anchor Point Podcast, Nelda St. Clair, is back on the show for episode 100! Nelda is a former wildland firefighter who's worked her way through the ranks, and ultimately help bring about the CISM program. On this episode: We revisit her history, her background, and the updates to the CISM programs she has helped pave the…
 
Former Smokejumper and Hotshot, Bre Orcasitas, is on the show to talk in greater detail about her (extremely well written) article called, "The Great Exodus"... Today on the show: Bre goes into greater detail on why wildland firefighters are leaving federal service at an unsustainable pace... "The Great Exodus" is an incredibly well written exposé,…
 
There is a very legitimate fear when it comes to reprisal and retribution within the federal workplace. It may not be every wildland firefighter that may experience it, but many have... That's why we have wildland firefighter, Pedro Rios, stops by on the show today to tell his story about reprisal, the lawsuit, and the lengthy process to resolution…
 
Micah Booze is a wildland firefighter, modern philosopher, and entrepreneur from Alaska... Micah has some awesome insight and wisdom on fire leadership, networking, and looking at things from a different perspective... He's also an expert level Big Lebowski fan. He's also the brains behind the scenes at "The A.S.S. Movement" - A company founded on …
 
Micah Booze is a wildland firefighter, modern philosopher, and entrepreneur from Alaska... Micah has some awesome insight and wisdom on fire leadership, networking, and looking at things from a different perspective... He's also an expert level Big Lebowski fan. He's also the brains behind the scenes at "The A.S.S. Movement" - A company founded on …
 
Wildland firefighting tends to have a very "work hard, play harder" mentality surrounding the culture... And unfortunately, the "play harder" can be the part that gets the best of people. Lets all just take a step back to our own shoes for a second and really analyze the culture... Now that you've thought about it a little; it seems like drinking a…
 
Ask yourself this question, and answer it honestly: Have you ever thought about leaving federal service? If you have, did it invoke a feeling of anxiety? Are you scared that you will lose "street cred"? Are you too comfortable with what you do now to pursue other things? Are you always trying to get that coveted perm position? Are you apprehensive …
 
Today on the show, I have the honor to sit down with Burk Minor from the Wildland Firefighter Foundation™ to talk about how the organization was started, the mission that they fulfill, the legacies of men and women they preserve and honor, and the what the future of the organization looks like... Burk has an amazing vision for the Wildland Firefigh…
 
Former Snake River Hotshot, Kevin Conley, stops by to talk on part 3 of his epic bicycle journey across the United States to raise awareness for mental health and fundraise for the Wildland Firefighter Foundation... We last spoke with Kevin when he was in Pensacola, Florida on the last leg of his journey across the southern tier bike route. Now we …
 
Former Snake River Hotshot, Kevin Conley, stops by to talk on part 2 of his epic bicycle journey across the United States to raise awareness for mental health and fundraise for the Wildland Firefighter Foundation... We first spoke with Kevin when he was just crossing over the state line from New Mexico into Texas... And in almost 2 short weeks, he …
 
Former Snake River Hotshot, Kevin Conley, stops by to talk about the first part of his epic bicycle journey across the United States to raise awareness for mental health and fundraise for the Wildland Firefighter Foundation... To follow his journey, check out his socials here: https://www.instagram.com/backcountryninjas/ To donate to the cause, vis…
 
At some point in your wildland firefighting career, you may come face to face with your own mortality... And unfortunately, these brushes with life and death could have long term mental health consequences. Today on the show, we talk about these very subjects with someone who has had one of these close calls... Emily Parnaby is a 9 year veteran of …
 
If you haven't seen the new "fire" movie, "Two Yellow Lines" - You need to stop what you're doing, and watch it... This isn't necessarily a "fire" movie in the context of actual "firefighting", but more along the lines of the inconvenient truths about the mental health components that can be associated with a fire career... The most incredible part…
 
Well folks, its about that time to start calling it dunzo for the season... With that comes a whole new set of challenges - The boredom, the part where you have to explain to the "normies" what you do for work, the awkward reintegration into your own family, figuring out what you're going to do during the winter, the holidays, where you're going to…
 
It doesn't matter if you're a GS3 or a GS "Fantastic" - This job is stressful! And if you're high up on the chain of command, it doesn't mean you're insulated from these stressors... Today on the show: Josh Simmons stops by for his second time to talk about the stressors everyone experiences with a gnarly fire season, winding down for the off seaso…
 
Being a Division Chief is a difficult job... Especially when your forest has been on the receiving end of catastrophic fires for the past five years... Thats why we have Plumas National Forest Division Chief, Jeff Dupras, on the show today to talk about his experiences. Jeff has 31 years in the wildland fire service, and has seen a lot of change ov…
 
Thomas Wurm stops by for his second appearance on the show to talk about mental health, mastering the mind body connection, optimizing peak human performance, and his upcoming new book, "Six Minutes for Excellence"... Thomas Wurm is a wildland firefighter, author, publisher, and podcaster. He is a certified Master Practitioner in NLP (Neuro-linguis…
 
As a Redmond IHC alumni, I cannot begin to explain the incredible experience that I had with Redmond Hotshots. So, that's why I have Superintendent Gabe Mason and Asst. Superintendent Jordan Gulley from Redmond IHC sit down to chat about one of the four Leadership Training and Development Hotshot crews in the nation... In August 1960, the Washingto…
 
Ronald Mark Booker Jr. is an air attack and former Plumas Hotshot smokejumper from Venice Beach, CA... His entry into fire is not your "traditional" wildland firefighter story... His entry into the wildland firefighting scene in the 90's, was through the California Division of Forestry's youth authority program. Through this program, Mark developed…
 
Today on the show, we take a deep dive into the relationship between municipal and wildland fire, and how the two can learn an immense amount of skills from each other... More importantly, we talk about the critical importance of taking care of your mental health... Here is a little bit more about Steve: "Steve Orr is a 22 year veteran of the fire …
 
Heat injuries and Rhabdomyolysis are no joke... Thats why we have Dr. Tim Durkin on the show to dispel a few myths and misconceptions, how to avoid them, how they are not necessarily mutually exclusive, and to give us a rundown of what is going on in the body when it happens! Here is a little more about Dr. Durkin: "Timothy Durkin, DO, FAAEM, CAQSM…
 
Wildland fire behavior is obviously directly impacted by the weather - So, today on the show, we discuss the ins and outs of fire weather, and get to better understand the incredibly important role of and Incident Meteorologist... Sean Luchs is a meteorologist for the National Weather Service at the Houston/Galveston Weather Forecast Office. Despit…
 
Today on the show, I sit down to talk with Tim Khadzhi at the new JK Boots location in Redding California... The Khadzhi family is a prime example of chasing the "American dream". The family came to the United States in 1994 seeking a better life... From that, JK Boots was founded, and has exploded in popularity among the fire community. On the epi…
 
Today on the show: Chris Burch stops by and gives us the lowdown of the duties of the Planning Section Chief for an incident management team... Here is a little about Chris: "Chris Burch began his fire service career as a volunteer fire fighter in Riverside County, CA in 1992. He was hired as a seasonal firefighter in 1996 with the USFS, initially …
 
Smokey Generation award winner, Blake Toth, stops by the studio to talk about connecting veterans to wildland firefighting careers and the back story of starting his organization, "Veterans In Fire"... Blake is a former Marine door gunner who grew up in Maine. After his time in the Marines, he traveled around the country in his Ford Focus, where he…
 
Today on the show: We learn about some of the emerging technologies and situational awareness gathering tools being used to gather intel, detect new fire starts, and potentially save lives and property from Peter Vidmar... Peter is a former helitack crew member, turned captain and aircraft manager for the Colorado DFPC, with 10 years of fire experi…
 
Today take a much less serious approach to the show - We sit down for a hilarious live reading of some of the passages from Charles Vaught's book, State of Fire... Here's what his book is all about: State of Fire "pulls back the curtain on the mysteries of those who go toe-to-toe in battles with Nature, exposing various overlooked aspects of what i…
 
EAP can be a joke... If you want real, quality, and culturally competent clinicians that specialize in the world of first responders; you're gonna have to search for it... Good thing for you? You get to meet one of those folks today on the show as we talk all about the specialized nature of mental health with wildland firefighters and first respond…
 
Mike West has been in the wildland firefighting game for 17 years in various roles. He's done a little bit of everything from being a Hotshot, Type 2 IA crew member, engine crew member, to a dispatcher... Our community recognizes the fact that this line of work can be austere, physically demanding, and even more demanding on your mental health - An…
 
Aaron Humphrey is not only a generational wildland firefighter, but also a wildland firefighter (forestry technician) with 25 years of experience in the game. He worked his way up from a seasonal forestry tech on an engine, all the way to Interagency Hotshot Superintendent with Eldorado Hotshots. He also served as the Hotshot Committee chairman dur…
 
Having a record shouldn't discourage you from chasing your dreams part 2! Today on the show - We have Julianne Thomson, a former California Women's Inmate Firefighter, apprenticeship graduate, and all around badass on the show to tell her story about her experience and getting into wildland firefighting... Jules has a very inspiring story for those…
 
This is one powerful episode... Everyone needs to hear this! Today on the show - 20 year Wildland Firefighter veteran and Hotshot Superintendent Ben Strahan sits down to talk about his experience in confronting and conquering his own mental health struggles over the course of his career, his philosophy of "need" vs. "desire", and his 9 tenants that…
 
Having a record shouldn't discourage you from chasing your dreams - And, what better person to have on the show to talk about this, than Mando Perez... Mando has walked in those shoes, lived that life, stepped away, and stepped into the world of being a "Hotshot" Wildland Firefighter - The some of the most elite wildland firefighters in the United …
 
Today on the show: We have Chris Ives with the San Juan Hotshots and Felipe León on the show to talk about how firefighting is done in Ensenada Mexico with the Comisión Nacional de Áreas Protegidas (CONAP) Brigade Forestal Sierra San Pedro... Chris Ives is a Squad Leader with the San Juan Interagency Hotshot Crew in Durango, CO. He grew up in Montg…
 
Today on the show - We sit down with former Fire Staff Officer, Riva Duncan, to talk about some of the experiences she has had over the course of her career... Here is a little about Riva: "Riva Duncan recently retired after 31 years in the US Forest Service. She worked on 7 national forests in 5 FS regions. Riva started as a forester trainee, but …
 
Thomas Wurm, Creator of Mountain Mind Tricks, stops by on the show today to talk about the relationship between the mind and body, total wellness, psychedelics, alternative healing, and peak human performance... Thomas is a Wildland Firefighter, Master Practitioner in NLP, Hypnosis, and Mental Emotional Release®, Author, Coach, Fitness Trainer, and…
 
Today on the show, John Nores and I sit down and chat about the dangers of illegal marijuana grows on public lands and how they are literally destroying and poisoning entire ecosystems... Not only are they just destructive to the environment - but they are also often littered with booby traps, extremely toxic carbofuran pesticides, and guarded with…
 
Today on the show - We get a little history lesson and some behind the scenes storytelling from the man, the myth, the legend, Dana Gleason himself! Dana Gleason has been around the outdoor industry since the late 70's. Dana's first company, Kletterwerks, was just the start of a lineage of companies that would set the standard in the outdoors indus…
 
Do your part and check in each other... And have a happy Thanksgiving! Stay safe, stay savage... Enjoy! .......................... Updates! We have received some unfortunate news regarding some injuries and complete losses of property with some of our folks in the field. Please check out our new landing page to help these firefighters get back on t…
 
Today on the show: John Bachman, Lucas Mayfield, and I sit down and talk about everything that goes into the design process of Mystery Ranch fire packs and much more! The major component of this whole design process is you folks in the field... Thats right - without your feedback and suggestions, Mystery Ranch can't improve their designs... To find…
 
Every wonder where all the fire packs get rounded up and shipped off to get repaired at the end of the season? Well, today on the show, we talk about just that! Brian Sanchez is the dude that is in charge of fixing all the broken, burned, and scuffed up fireline packs from you folks in the field! Brian has been at Mystery Ranch for damn near 10 yea…
 
Today on the show: Luke and I sit down at Mystery Ranch in Bozeman, MT to talk about some of the lessons learned with his wildland fire career, and how things don't have to remain as the "status quo" that we see now... We also go into detail about the Backbone Series and the 1039 Scholarship opportunities with Mystery Ranch! Luke spent 18 years fig…
 
Lucas Mayfield is a jack of all trades (which is kind of necessary for a fire career)... Luke spent 18 years fighting fire with various crews and finished his fire career as the Assistant Superintendent of Rogue River Hotshots. After that, he went on to become the Fire Program Manager of Mystery Ranch... Here is a little about Lucas: "I grew up in …
 
Today on the show; lets talk about prescribed fire, fire management, helitack crews, and the AFE and SAFE programs! Lars Filson is a senior fire ecology and management major at the University of Idaho located in Moscow Idaho. Aside from being a full-time student, Lars serves as the national president for the Student Assocation for Fire Ecology and …
 
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