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While much is known about the science of wildland fire behavior, the same cannot necessarily be said about our understanding of the impacts that these blazes have upon those tasked with putting them out. Although that knowledge base is slowly building, much remains to be learned about the psychological and behavioral health of wildland firefighters (WLFF’s). Thanks to the recent research efforts of clinical psychology doctoral student Patty O’Brien (a former Lolo Hotshot, and now Dr. O’Brien), we now know a great deal more. Patty was able to survey over 2600 current or former wildland firefighters to learn more about their demographic, employment, and clinical characteristics, as well as their health behaviors. In this, the tenth and final podcast of On the Line season three, Patty and her doctoral advisor Dr. Duncan Campbell join host Charlie Palmer to discuss some of her groundbreaking findings, and to chart out a course for future steps.

This media record is part of a series:

On the Line

On the Line, a "Podcast for Today's Wild Land Firefighters," is produced by the Health and Human Performance Department at the University of Montana, Missoula. Learn more.

Media Record Details

Apr 21, 2020
Patty O’Brien, Duncan Campbell

Cataloging Information

Human Dimensions of Fire Management
Human Factors of Firefighter Safety
Psychological Safety
Wildland Firefighter Health

NRFSN number: 23018
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