High Reliability; Similar Quests, Many Expressions – a short video

A new video on High Reliability Organizing was just released by the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center.  Produced from interviews conducted at the Third International Workshop on High Reliability, the video highlights emerging lessons learned that cross cut the many disciplines in which high reliability concepts are being used to improve safety and productivity.

In January this year a group of practitioners and researchers assembled in New Orleans for the Third International Workshop on High Reliability.  Attendees came from diverse disciplines; health care, emergency medical services, scientific research, nuclear technologies, transportation, fire fighting, the petro-chemical industry, education, pardons and parole, the U.S. Navy, the National Transportation Safety Board, the U.S. Forestry Service, the U.S. Department of Energy, labor unions, consultants to aero-space, aviation and municipal services, and the academic community.  People from these seemingly disparate professions joined together to learn from one another and share insights about how to improve safety and performance through the application of high reliability concepts.

Dave Christenson and his team at the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center just released a video they produced from the workshop.  The url for the video is:  http://www.myfirevideos.net/Default.aspx?VideoID=337

Check out the video and let us know what you think.  And if you are not familiar with the Center, please check out their website at: http://www.wildfirelessons.net/Home.aspx

To learn more about how the wildland fire community is using high reliability concepts see their organizational learning material at: http://www.wildfirelessons.net/HRO.aspx

The interagency wildland fire community includes: the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, National Park Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and the National Association of State Foresters.  The Center serves this entire community.  They are a great group of people dedicated to learning and sharing to protect our firefighters while they protect us and our incredible national resources.  I hope you get to know them.

4 Responses to High Reliability; Similar Quests, Many Expressions – a short video

  1. Earl,

    Interesting video. Useful perspectives.

    Is there a video that says what HRO is and how it subsumes ISM and CONOPS?

    Take care,

    Bill Corcoran
    Mission: Saving lives, pain, assets, and careers through thoughtful inquiry.
    Motto: If you want safety, peace, or justice, then work for competency, integrity, and transparency.

    W. R. Corcoran, Ph.D., P.E.
    Nuclear Safety Review Concepts Corporation

    • wecarnes says:

      Hi Bill,

      Regrettably there is no such video. The concepts are slowly converging, but there is no clear articulation yet. The world outside DOE doesn’t understand the term ISM and few outside DOE and the commercial nuke industry understand the term Con Ops.

  2. Albert Bendure says:


    I am not able to access the Wildland Fire Lessons video…plus the site is absolutely non-intuitive!


  3. wecarnes says:

    Hi Al,

    More than likely it’s the cyber security controls at your location.

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