Forest Fire Direction: Staff Tour at Blue Ribbon


participants demonstrating the margin
Kasie Crowe and George Risko in margin demonstration
"Give priority to your people – today, tomorrow, forever" – Jim Karels
Sam LeNeave speaking
Sam LeNeave speaking
Glenn Davis speaking
Glenn Davis speaking

Last week, the Florida Forest Service led and facilitated the first operational Blue Ribbon Personnel Round (BRSR) near Lake City, Florida. During one week and three rides, 88 participants had the opportunity to live and study the events that preceded, during and after the blue ribbon fire in the county from Hamilton, Florida, where two wilderness firefighters lost their lives in the line of duty. June 20, 2011.

John Raulerson speaking
John Raulerson speaking
Jim Karels, State Forester and Director of the Florida Forest Service expressing
Jim Karels, State Forester and Director of the Florida Forest Service

Developed in 2017 through the vision of Jim Karels, Forester State and Director of the Florida Forest Service, and in partnership with the National Staff Ride Workshop, the NWCG Wildland Fire Leadership Program and the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center and OMNA International, LLC, the Blue Ribbon Staff Ride aims to improve knowledge of key operational areas, including leadership, communications, tactics and readiness. By strengthening these skills, we can better fulfill our mission to protect homes, forest lands and natural resources from the devastating effects of wildfires.

In his closing remarks, State Forester Jim Karels encouraged all stakeholders to "give priority to people – today, tomorrow and forever". While honoring the memory of our brothers, Joshua Burch and Brett Fulton, the BRSR has fostered an environment that allows people to mourn their loss, providing a healing space and a catalyst for moving forward. .


Contribution of the blog provided by the Florida Forest Service. Special thanks to the Fire Training Officer, George Risko, and the Communications and Public Relations Coordinator, Monica Corbin.