“Checklines” have become the new “tactic” when a firing operation doesn’t have a valid stopping point. As for the quality of HEQB/DZB I can state 1st hand the quality has not kept up with the burning conditions. There are several reasons why.
- The timber industry is non-existent in California. So the quality of Operators has fallen the same as the quality of supervision.
- Just like every other industry in America, fire is suffering from acute shortages of seasoned personal due to retirement of baby boomer generation.
- More and more LG are filling OH assignments as the FS & State struggle with attrition.
- Finally, the old school “Cat Skinner” of the past doesn’t exist for the most part. See item #1 and let me add, the qualified operators that use to respond as CWN have either retired or joined an agency thus leaving the CWN remaining with a lack of depth & expertise.
I personally, gave several poor evaluations this year to CWN contractors who couldn’t perform to an acceptable level. 2 of these resulted in resources being released.