FF Safety: Out-of-Bounds at Tunnel Creek

 

Social Factors and Risk Assessment

Tunnel Creek Avalanche

This past February 19th, 16 highly experienced skiers and snowboarders, making up an impromptu group, attempted an out-of-bounds run near Stevens Pass, Washington.

These expert skiers had read the avalanche forecast and were thoroughly familiar with the dangers posed after a 32-inch snowfall, yet they went ahead.

The ensuing avalanche killed three.

The New York Times has created a stunning visual presentation of the event that is a must see.  When you do, substitute “collapse”, “flash-over” and “interior firefighting” for “avalanche” and ”skiing”.  Ask yourself if you would make the same risk assessment.  Ask yourself if you would behave differently.

Several skiers survived, one because of the deployment of personal protective equipment.  Their experiences are crucial because they spotted and heeded the signs ahead.

Warning:  Don’t click on the link unless you are prepared to be pulled into a gripping vortex of words, sights and sounds.  We can all learn from their experience.

The link:

http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2012/snow-fall/#/?part=tunnel-creek

 

(Credits:  NYT and Alan Ross)

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Eric Lamar
Ethics: Reg Wants to Know
Mike, Thank you for the support. E.
2014-08-21 17:17:34
Mike Schwartz
Ethics: Reg Wants to Know
Eric, it is impressive to me how you always take head on efforts to discredit your integrity admitting you are not perfect while the "leaders" in the IAFF cannot seem to find the strength to take head on the effort to address the issues you raise. Apparently, they are perfect. It is shocking to me…
2014-08-21 13:44:03
Reg Verner
Ethics: Reg Wants to Know
Actually brother you are trying to cloud my point. WHY NOW and why keep it up after our IAFF has spoken. If only democracy was as important to you as being lauded by the very same man you now attempt to discredit. Your self praise on how you were able to hang tough under the…
2014-08-21 13:24:01
Perry Kaemmerling
Ethics: IAFF’s Schaitberger Under DOL Scrutiny
Mr. Lamar In regards to "Ethics", how did you come across this email address in which you are using to advertise your blog?
2014-08-20 23:36:49
Eric Lamar
Ethics: IAFF’s Schaitberger Under DOL Scrutiny
Laugh-out-loud. Whatever you say.
2014-08-20 22:44:24
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