Welcome to Integrated Fire Solutions
In an emergency, sound decision making and effective communication save lives. Integrated Fire Solutions offers firefighters a vital foundation for communication and decision-making skills.
I’m Back in the Fire Service!
In 2007 I left the fire service to pursue a number of opportunities that had eluded me while working a career firefighter shift schedule. For the past 4 plus years I have worked as an independent fire service instructor, contract instructed on a cadre presenting fire leadership courses in the US and Australia, responded on a couple FEMA disasters, wrote wildfire protection plans and continued going to large wildfires as a division supervisor.
But my heart never left the fire service. Last Summer I was contracted to write a wildfire response plan for the Rocky Mountain Fire District here in Boulder County Colorado. A couple months later I was offered a career position.
My position is Captain, supervising the Wildland Division. While it is an “administrative” position I am given great latitude to pursue whatever brings the most benefit to the district and the division. In addition I’m able to respond as needed when the district gets busy. Feels good to be back working with people I have so much in common with.
I will miss meeting and working with all the different people and organizations. I will continue to provide workshops and instruct various other topics, but on a limited basis. For those of you that I have personally met I sincerely thank you for taking the topic of managing fireground risk to the highest level.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me. Have a safe shift.
Human Factors Play Out in Peru
I wrote back in March about a climbing trip I had scheduled for June. My main subject was human error and how my partners and I were lining ourselves up for problems in the beginning, but our previous experiences were starting to help us get a grip on reality.
Peru is a land of contrasts. From busy, impoverished big cities to prospering (by South American standards) small towns. From the coastal desert wasteland to the Andes mountain range that tops out at over 22,000 feet.
We were successful as a 4-person team in that we summited 3 peaks. My rope partner was only successful in climbing the first peak at 18,000 + due to an illness he caught on the trip down. I got 2 peaks in with the second one being just short of 20,000 feet. After that I got a throat infection which required a trip to the local emergency room to get antibiotics.
The local business news paper wrote a article about the training services I provide to fire departments. What made it a challenge on my end was how to describe what I do so the general population can understand it. I have always found it difficult to describe to Chiefs and Training Officers exactly what makes my training different from others, here is a view from a different angle.
April 29, 2011 –
BOULDER — Throughout his 20 years in structural and wildland firefighting, Quinn MacLeod learned that a lot of hazards that endanger the safety of firefighters don’t come solely from the fires.
The Error Chain in Action
Situations do not start out to include Human Error. We don’t wake up in the morning and say “I’m going to have a life threatening event today.” At least most of us don’t say that, there are a few you read about in the Darwin awards… Human error in our professional and personal lives usually starts out very benign and those innocent benign factors combine to create that error chain resulting in a minor or sometimes significant (life threatening) problem.
Myself and three mountain climber friends (one of them is a locksmith) of mine are heading to the Cordillera Blanca region of Peru this coming May. In our first planning meeting our discussions bounced all over the place, from simple logistics of getting there to the actual climbs themselves. Of course the discussions always came back to the climbing routes and how high we would be climbing. All of us have summited peaks to at least 19,000 feet. The peaks we are looking at top off at around 22,000 feet. Most routes are ice and snow including the world famous snow flutes, unconsolidated steep snow mush.