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The Hotshot Wake Up

The Hotshot Wake Up

By The Hotshot Wake Up
A podcast and newsletter by firefighters about wildfire and the world. Crew Supervisor and Ex Hotshot overhead.
Call it like it is.
Monthly Substack subscriptions go towards supporting this content and helping firefighters in need. thehotshotwakeup.substack.com/
Weekly Wildfire Update: Alaska Pops Off, California Utah Join the Show, The Hermits Peak Report... What Went Wrong? Cal Fire loses 10% of Their Staff, Will the Supplemental Payments Help Retention?
On this week’s Weekly Wildfire Update: Alaska Pops Off, California & Utah Join the Show. Teams sent to Alaska, Southwest slows down. The Hermits Peak Report... What Went Wrong? We cover this report and give out thoughts on the findings. Cal Fire loses 10% of Their Staff. Long hours and less staff is causing metal stress for their workforce. Will the Supplemental Payments Help Retention? We ask firefighters if it will help. Plus More. THE HOTSHOT WAKE UP - Thank you to all of our subscribers. It allows us to generously donate to firefighter charities and supports all the content we provide. https://thehotshotwakeup.substack.com/
41:38
June 24, 2022
Weekly Wildfire Update: Southwest, Alaska, Cali, and More, Did Randy Moore Lie to Congress? Full Pay Update, Announcement Coming, PG&E Plead Not Guilty for the Zogg Fire Deaths... Corruption?
On this week’s Weekly Wildfire Update: Southwest, Alaska, Cali, the Pipeline Fire. Are Crews Being held? Did Randy Moore Lie to Congress? Full Pay Update, Announcement Coming. Chief Moore has a lot of explaining to do. PG&E Plead Not Guilty for the Zogg Fire Deaths... Corruption? Minimal fines and not much justice. We also Cover the Calf Canyon Communication Nightmare. Four days of zero coverage… cause issues with a medical Evac. Plus more. THE HOTSHOT WAKE UP - Thank you to all of our subscribers. It allows us to generously donate to firefighter charities and supports all the content we provide.  https://thehotshotwakeup.substack.com/
45:03
June 17, 2022
Weekly Wildfire Update: Alaska Pops Off, Southwest Still Busy, Heat Wave Coming... Chief Moore Testifies, Promises Payments by Months End, But to Who?, Breakdown of the Hearing, Plus Much More...
On this week’s Weekly Wildfire Update: Alaska Pops Off. Multiple new starts, Teams ordered. Southwest Still Busy with new starts. Heat Wave Coming... Next week is expected to be a wild one. Chief Moore Testifies. Promises payments by months end. Who gets them? Breakdown of the Hearing. So many topics covered. Plus Much More... THE HOTSHOT WAKE UP - If you enjoy the content and want to help contribute to firefighters donations for those in need consider a monthly Subscription. https://thehotshotwakeup.substack.com/
46:26
June 10, 2022
Weekly Wildfire Update: Full Operational Update, Three Hotshots Injured on the Calf Canyon Fire, {one severely} What Happened?, New Developments on the Raises, What's Known? Plus Much More.
On this week’s Weekly Wildfire Update: Full Operational Update. Alaska, Southwest, Colorado, California. What’s happening at NUIFC? Three Hotshots Injured on the Calf Canyon Fire. One severely. What happened and what do we know? New Developments on the Raises, What's Known? The NFFE speaks up, but is it hypocritical? The Bureau of Land Management delays this weeks Pay meeting but gives reasons why. and Much More. THE HOTSHOT WAKE UP - If you enjoy the content and want to help contribute to firefighters donations for those in need consider a monthly Subscription. https://thehotshotwakeup.substack.com/
42:43
June 03, 2022
Weekly Wildfire Update: Alaska Starts, Colorado Ready, Southwest Continues, Firefighter Revives Baby Elk, Hotshots Saving Horses, Huge Seed Nursery Evacuated, Mandatory GPS Tracking for Firefighters
On this week’s Weekly Wildfire Update: Alaska Starts. Multiple new fires up North. Colorado sees more frequent IA’s. The Southwest continues to burn. Firefighter Revives Baby Elk, Hotshots saving horses, and more animal rescue stories. Massive Seed Nursery Evacuated. Millions of seed and seedlings moved in a frantic rush. Mandatory GPS Tracking for Firefighters. A new poll conducted. What to policy makers want. Plus More. THE HOTSHOT WAKE UP - If you enjoy the content and want to help contribute to firefighters donations for those in need consider a monthly Subscription. https://thehotshotwakeup.substack.com/
36:56
May 27, 2022
Weekly Wildfire Update: Full Operational Update, Helicopter Manager Reported Missing Found Deceased... What We Know, New Study Shows Nearly Half U.S. Homes at Wildfire Risk... Legit? Raise Questions..
On This Weekly Wildfire Update: Full Operational Update - We update fires in  Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Michigan, New Hampshire and more. A Helicopter Manager Reported Missing Found Deceased... What we know. What we don’t know. New Study Shows Nearly Half U.S. Homes at Wildfire Risk... Legit? We discuss this study, it’s flaws, and why it matters. Raise Questions. I answer the questions people have had on this raise meeting and what is known and not known. Plus More. THE HOTSHOT WAKE UP - Thank you to all of our paid subscribers. It allows us to generously donate to firefighter charities and supports all the content we provide. If you enjoy the content consider subscribing. https://thehotshotwakeup.substack.com/
38:05
May 20, 2022
Weekly Wildfire Update: Operational Update, Cali Coastal Fire , Southwest, and Canada. NPR Talks Firefighter Wages, Congress Takes Action, Tree Strikes Hotshot, I Get Blocked By the Forest Service.
This Week’s Weekly Wildfire Update: Full Operational Update: The Cali Coastal Fire , Southwest still rips, and Canada sees increase in fire activity. Michigan firefighter charged with wildfire arson. NPR Talks Firefighter Wages. Marketplace does a segment about the fight for better wages. Congress Takes Action. Letter written to the Forest Service about fast tracking wages, Portal to Portal, and more. A tree strikes a Hotshot on the Calf Canyon fire. We talk about the incident. I get blocked by the Forest Service Northwest. Hilarious. Plus more. THE HOTSHOT WAKE UP - Thank you to all of our paid subscribers. It allows us to generously donate to firefighter charities and supports all the content we provide. https://thehotshotwakeup.substack.com/
40:28
May 13, 2022
Weekly Wildfire Update: Full Operational Update, National Emergency Declared for New Mexico, Forest Service Chief Testifies, Huge Study on Firefighter Heart Issues, Colorado Sees Record Year Coming...
On this week’s show: Full Operational Update. We cover everything in AZ, NM, Colorado, and Texas. National Emergency Declared for New Mexico. President Biden declares Federal funds to New Mexico. What does this include. Forest Service Chief Testifies. Lots of questions answered, many left alone. Huge Study on Firefighter Heart Issues. American Heart Association finished a study on abnormal heart rhythms in firefighters. Colorado Sees Record Year Coming. $20 Million extra funding given to combat this. Plus More. Subscribe monthly to our Substack to support this content and support firefighter donations.
37:24
May 06, 2022
Weekly Wildfire Update: Full Operational Update of Current Fires, New Executive Order a Missed Opportunity, Canada Retention Issues, The Scooper Fleet, Oregon Battles DC, and Congress Doesn't Get It..
On this week's show: Full Operational Update of Current Fires. Cooks Peak, Hermits Peak, Tunnel, Crooks, Nebraska, and Colorado fires. New Executive Order a Missed Opportunity. We talk about what the EO is and how it missed on a few levels. Canada Retention Issues. Canada’s fire unions pleading with policy makers for help. Policy makers turn a blind eye. The Scooper Fleet. Canada has dedicated cash to update their existing fleet. Oregon Battles DC. Their cooperative agreement expires in 2024 and they can’t agree on the rules. Congress Doesn't Get It. No one is taking responsibility for the issues we have. THE HOTSHOT WAKE UP - We are 100% listener and reader supported through our Substack. All Paid subscriptions to our Substack go towards firefighter donations. https://thehotshotwakeup.substack.com/
38:19
April 29, 2022
Weekly Wildfire Update: Full Operational Update, PL4 in Region 3, The Forest Service Chief Sends a Letter, Amazon Delivery Drones Cause Wildfire, Bozeman Dispatch Center Closes, Plus Much More.
Weekly Wildfire Update: This week we cover… Full Operational Update: Tunnel Fire, Cooks Peak Fire, Crooks Fire, and more. PL4 in Region 3, earlier than expected. The Forest Service Chief Sends a Letter. Thoughts and Reactions. Amazon Delivery Drones Cause Wildfire. Research Drone causes Colorado wildfire, and Drone mania in the fire world. Bozeman Dispatch Center Closes. What caused it and Dispatcher reactions. Wildfire study shows fires are good for our oceans. Plus Much More. THE HOTSHOT WAKE UP: We are 100% listener and reader supported through our Substack. All Paid subscriptions to our Substack go towards firefighter go fund me's. https://thehotshotwakeup.substack.com/
38:57
April 22, 2022
A Wildland Firefighter's Guide to Not Going Broke It's not as hard as you think...
On this episode I cover a subject that we all know about, but many may not understand how to mitigate it. Why do so many wildland firefighters go broke before the next fire season? I offer multiple solutions that can easily be implemented to help you get out of this vicious cycle. THE HOTSHOT WAKE UP - THE HOTSHOT WAKE UP - We are 100% listener supported through our Substack. Subscribe Monthly to support this content. All subscriptions go towards firefighter GoFundMe's. https://thehotshotwakeup.substack.com/ 
31:05
April 18, 2022
Weekly Wildfire Update: McBride Fire Fatalities, Hermits Peak Fire Apology Tour, Caterer Crisis, Fire Mitigation In California is Broken, Forest Service Resignation Goes Viral.
On this week’s Podcast we cover : McBride Fire Fatalities and operational update. The Forest Service’s Hermits Peak Fire Apology Tour and operational update. Caterer Crisis, Caterers reach out to me. Fire Mitigation In California is Broken. Forest Service Resignation Goes Viral. Great read and a wake up call to fire Officials. PG&E got off easy, but can this problem be solved? Line Medics VS Hotshot Crews. A chat with a line medic. PLUS MORE! THE HOTSHOT WAKE UP - We are 100% listener supported through our Substack. Subscribe Monthly to support this content. All subscriptions go towards firefighter GoFundMe's.
40:01
April 15, 2022
Weekly Wildfire Update: Judges Reinstate Employee Mandate, Forest Service Admits Losing 40% of Workforce in Two Years in Testimony, Mental Patient Released After Starting Wildfire in Colorado.
This weeks episode covers breaking news : Judges Panel Reinstates Employee Mandate Forest Service Admits Losing 40% of Workforce in Two Years in Concretional Testimony Mental Patient Released After Starting Wildfire in Colorado, Charges Dropped McClintock Speaks Again Plus More THE HOTSHOT WAKE UP - If you enjoy the podcast, articles, and Instagram content please consider subscribing to our Substack. Paid Subscriptions go towards firefighter Go Fund Me’s. https://thehotshotwakeup.substack.com/
40:33
April 08, 2022
Weekly Wildfire Update, Tennessee and Texas on fire, Wildfire in India Causes Tigers to Eat People, Boulder Burns, "New" Firefighter Health Registry, PBS Pushes Prescribed Burning.
This week we cover : A Full Operational Weekly Wildfire Update Tennessee and Texas on fire Wildfire in India Causes Tigers to Eat People Boulder Colorado Burns "New" Firefighter Registry to Track Firefighter Health PBS Pushes Prescribed Burning Land Owners with Guns During IA And More! THE HOTSHOT WAKE UP - If you enjoy the podcast, articles, and Instagram content please consider subscribing to our Substack. Paid Subscriptions go towards firefighter Go Fund Me’s. https://thehotshotwakeup.substack.com/
28:07
April 01, 2022
Weekly Wildfire Update Podcast: Operational Update, Pre Season Trends, Caldor Fire Debrief, Drones Take Over, and More.
This week we talk about: Preseason trends Washington State DNR Commissioner’s aerial build up and IA policy Caldor fire debrief and hypocrisy Idaho gets Hazard Pay Drones take over Plus more THE HOTSHOT WAKE UP - If you enjoy the podcast, articles, and Instagram content please consider subscribing to our Substack. Paid Subscriptions go towards firefighter Go Fund Me’s. https://thehotshotwakeup.substack.com/
38:57
March 25, 2022
Weekly Wildfire Update Podcast : Texas on Fire, Two Firefighters Burned Over, Smokejumpers in Congress, The Fire Shelter Cultural Divide, and more.
This week we talk about the fires in Texas. Multiple fires have broke out in the last few days. An engine was burned over on Tuesday of this week and two crewmembers are in the hospital with serious injuries. We cover the firefighter cadre that went to DC to talk working conditions and pay. Smokejumpers sat with the Labor Secretary and discussed Tim’s Act. We cover how it was received. We discuss the fire shelter stigmas in our industry, the new wildfire commission and more. Monthly Substack subscriptions help support the content and go towards helping firefighters in need. thehotshotwakeup.substack.com/
25:45
March 19, 2022
Weekly Wildfire Update : Very Strange Happenings at the Heli-Expo, Sleeping in Bomb Craters, and More.
Weekly Wildfire Update : Very Strange Happenings at the Heli-Expo, Sleeping in Bomb Craters, Wildfire Devastates Endangered Red Wolf Habitat, and more. Crazy discoveries have come out of the Heli Expo this week. Crews Sleeping in bomb craters, North Carolina wildfire runs through the only wild Red Wolf Habitat, and updates on everything wildfire. Monthly Substack subscriptions go towards firefighters in need. https://thehotshotwakeup.substack.com/ 
31:41
March 16, 2022
Weekly Wildfire Update : The Tom McClintock Drama, South Korean Fire Burns Near Nuclear Plant, and More
Weekly Wildfire Update : This week we cover The Tom McClintock Drama, South Korean Fire Burns Near Nuclear Plant, The Forest Service is Confused About Masks, and more! Monthly Substack subscriptions go towards helping firefighters in need. https://thehotshotwakeup.substack.com/
26:19
March 16, 2022
Weekly Wildfire Update Podcast : New U.N. Global Wildfire Standards, Argentina's Fires, and More
We talk about the new United Nations Wildfire Standards: What’s in it and what does it mean for all of us? Is it a policy we want? Argentina’s Fire Bust: How big and why it’s happening. Also hiring, pre season workouts, and more. Monthly Substack subscriptions go towards helping firefighters in need. https://thehotshotwakeup.substack.com/
22:45
March 16, 2022
Weekly Wildfire Update : Colorado's Mass Resignation, Tim's Act Progress, and More.
This week we cover Colorado’s mass resignation, Pre season hiring and training, building a plan, Tim’s Act progress, and more. Monthly Substack subscriptions go towards helping firefighters in need. https://thehotshotwakeup.substack.com/
24:56
March 16, 2022
Your weekly wildfire update: Spring hiring, Big Sur fire, prescribed fire blowout in Texas, and More
Your weekly wildfire update. We talk everything from spring hiring, Big Sur fire, prescribed fire blowout in Texas, mandate rulings, and Type 1 and 2 teams combining. Monthly Substack subscriptions go towards helping fire fighters in need. https://thehotshotwakeup.substack.com/
25:37
March 16, 2022