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June Swoon
Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Dear Inbound friends and family,

Sorry I haven't updated the blog in a few weeks.  I get caught up in all of the fantastic training events that have been going on.  Last week in Oakridge we had an all hands field day.  Jerry Cargil was our IC and he kept the crews and engines hopping.  Charlie did a great job as task force leader.  Ross stepped up and was a great crew boss.  Of course Kyle did a fantastic job with comms and running a hand crew and Adham and Nathan chipped in with engine support.  Bryan is a perfect FOBS.

It was awesome to hear the chainsaws running ahead of the crews and the sound of tools and and smell of smoke in the air.  The squad boss trainees did a great job considering overhead was throwing orders at them that they should consider refusing!  The new firefighters worked well together and a lot of experienced Inbound firefighters came to teach and learn.  Thanks to everyone who helped carry out the "snake bite victim" and for Ed's good nature for being asked to get carried out.  We had hamburgers and hotdogs and got some rust off.  We are edging closer to our call and everyone can feel the tension that is the fire season ahead.

In the past two weeks we have had S131 and S133 squad boss training, S212 Sawyer training, two S130/S190 classes and two RT130 classes.  Oh, we also had two CPR and first aid classes.  I hope that 100% of our employees are CPR and first aid trained and I ask all other wildland fire contractors to do the same!

Many administrative tasks still are keeping us from statusing all of our resources as available.  Our drivers need to finalize their MSPA paperwork and get drivers application packets submitted before June 25th.  I will audit each persons training file and personnel file personally, and I will be in contact if I need any additional information.  Every person should have a written wage agreement and a completed employee packet, including safety and health policy orientation. 

After training wraps up in Cave Junction, I will begin the internal review of all files.  Our training association will reveiw all promoting employee training files and new to Inbound employee training files as well as every file every three years.  I will need IS700 training certificates for all employees who want to be eligible to go out on the engines.  If you are not sure if you have one, please let me know, or plan on re-taking it. 

I expect that around July 15th we will commence training events in Cave Junction and Oakridge and Portland.  If you are relatively local please try to attend.  These events will be an opportunity to continue training and building crew cohesiveness.  Also, you might learn something.  Until then, please check in with me in accordance with the readiness condition posted on the website, currently every two weeks.  I expect that we will go to once a week check ins once the weather improves.

Thank you to everyone who made the drill happen (Jerry Cargil coordinated food, camping, bathrooms, and all elements of readiness - THANK YOU JERRY).  I am proud of all of you and warmly welcome the new employees to the Inbound family. 

Thanks, Dillon