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Learning Organization
Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Dear Inbound friends and family,

We have been busy!  I have updated the list of fires we have been on in 2012 on the fire history page. 

A huge "thank you" goes out to all of the firefighters who have been sleeping in dirt on cold cold nights, eating MREs and choking on smoke all while representing the finest of Inbound!  Thank you also to the families that support and pray for our firefighters while they work. 

On every fire and every day we learn from each other.  We learn what our capabilities and limitations are.  We learn how hard we can push our bodies and equipment.  We learn from the experiences on the line.  As we learn it is imperative that we capture some of our learning and incorporate our lessons into our best practices.

It is critical to remain in the learning mode.  Situation awareness dictates that while things around you can change rapidly, you must be able to adapt quickly and be able to re-assess your risk constantly.  Being in the learning mode means you can accept that there is room for improvement.  It can be hard to look in the mirror and admit, "I could have done _______ better."  There must be a company culture that encourages true reflection without fear.  I hope we are building that kind of culture.

I encourage all Inbound employees to be honest with themselves and with me when it comes time to reflect on areas where we need to improve.  We know that our goal is to be a reliable, consistent, and dependable option for the government and other land owners when the need for help comes.  We can all continue to work on ourselves in terms of physical fitness and mental preparation.  As a company we can institute best practices and look for ways to get better.  Please let me or Jerry know of any ideas that you have to make us better.

We continue to be busy this year too.  The long term forecast is for continued dryer than normal weather...through December.  Please accept my sincere gratitude and appreciation for your great work and continued efforts this season.

I am looking forward to seeing all of our friends and family at the year end potluck, probably in October.

Thanks, Dillon