EMS Tips

Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires

The Smokey social media campaign has asked me to remind you that forest fires are almost always preventable. Learn more at and get your Smokey on.

Wildfire plays an important ecological role. The catastrophic wildfires of today are partly a result of decades of absolute fire suppression which is magnified by the continual blurring of the wildland and urban interface.

This is a gem from Eddie Arnold about how Smokey got his name.

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.