31 episodes

A Podcast for Today's Wild Land Firefighters.

On The Line On The Line

    • Education
    • 4.6 • 38 Ratings

A Podcast for Today's Wild Land Firefighters.

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    While much is known about the science of wildland fire behavior, the same cannot necessarily be said about our understanding of the impacts that these blazes have upon those tasked with putting them out. Although that knowledge base is slowly building, much remains to be learned about the psychological and behavioral health of wildland firefighters (WLFF’s). Thanks to the recent research efforts of clinical psychology doctoral student Patty O’Brien (a former Lolo Hotshot, and now Dr. O’Brien), we now know a great deal more. Patty was able to survey over 2600 current or former wildland firefighters to learn more about their demographic, employment, and clinical characteristics, as well as their health behaviors. In this, the tenth and final podcast of On the Line season three, Patty and her doctoral advisor Dr. Duncan Campbell join host Charlie Palmer to discuss some of her groundbreaking findings, and to chart out a course for future steps.

    • 45 min
    Post Traumatic Stress/Growth

    Post Traumatic Stress/Growth

    The human brain is the most resilient organ in the body. Yet, even it is susceptible to harm, not only from outside physical sources, but from internal mechanisms as well. Due to the nature of the work they do, wildland firefighters can be exposed to traumatic events. These incidents may have an impact upon our mental and behavioral health. BLM Battalion Chief Asad Rahman from Carson City, Nevada (and previous guest for our Season 2, Episode 10 CISM podcast) and Dr. Deb Silveria, a psychologist from The Counseling Team International, join us “On the Line” to talk about post traumatic stress, and post traumatic growth.

    • 44 min
    “Firefighters are Burning Out”

    “Firefighters are Burning Out”

    Tune in for this special Season 3 bonus podcast when journalist Ali Pattillo joins the program to discuss her recent article regarding wildland firefighter mental health with host Charlie Palmer and cohost Brent Ruby.
    https://www.inverse.com/mind-body/wildland-firefighters-are-burning-out
     

    • 33 min
    Ibuprofen

    Ibuprofen

    Ibuprofen, a member of the class of medications known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), is one of the most widely used over the counter medications in the world. It is quite effective for treating pain, reducing fever, and lessening inflammation in the body. However, overuse of ibuprofen can lead to gastrointestinal problems, and may place stress upon the kidneys, and these renal complications can be magnified by the work demands that firefighters face (high aerobic and anaerobic output, dehydration, and heat exposure). Dr. Rob Amrine, a sports medicine physician, and Dr. Eric Stone, a gastroenterologist, join the podcast to talk about ibuprofen, potential side effects from its use, dosing, and potential alternatives.

    • 20 min
    Athletic Training

    Athletic Training

    Athletic trainers (AT’s) are health care professionals who specialize in the prevention and care of injuries. While they’re a familiar presence in sporting environments, they do not have a large footprint working with tactical populations. Although the U. S. military has begun to hire more of them, wildland fire has not followed suit. Yet. Dr. Valerie Moody from the University of Montana Athletic Training Education Program and Athletic Trainer Bella Callis join the podcast to talk about the profession, how it might be of benefit to firefighters, and year one of a feasibility study during the summer of 2019 where AT’s were embedded with the Missoula Smokejumpers.
    This podcast was made possible in part through support from the U. S. Forest Service and the University of Montana.
    The University of Montana is an equal opportunity provider. 

    • 34 min
    Mountain Pine Beetle

    Mountain Pine Beetle

    Although only about the size of a mouse turd, Dendroctonus ponderosae, also known as the Mountain Pine Beetle, has been responsible for what is being called the largest insect blight ever recorded in North America. Millions and millions of trees have been killed through infestation, which has led to massive forest ecosystem changes. Dr. Diana Six from the University of Montana’s Franke College of Forestry and Conservation joins the podcast to share her world renowned expertise about this fascinating creature.
     
    This podcast was made possible in part through support from the U. S. Forest Service and the University of Montana.
    The University of Montana is an equal opportunity provider.  

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

krstn_trp ,

Great Wildland Fire Podcast 🔥

Thank you for this podcast! It’s so interesting, I love the diverse range of topics, all the guests and their relevant backgrounds, and the educational info shared! It has something for everyone in the wildland fire world. Charlie is a great host and I get excited every time a new episode pops up in my feed. Great work to all who help produce the show :)

001011001 ,

Great podcast, need more.

Fantastic podcast. Enjoy the wide spectrum of topics addressed and the depth of knowledge the guest have about the work. Would love more episodes per month, but I’ll take fewer episodes if it means a deeper dive into the topic.

Jared-Oregon ,

Information needed!

This will be my first fire season and I’m glad to have had multiple professionals tell what to look out for on the line and hear about the origins of many things relating wildland firefighting.

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