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Wildfire Diaries Episode VII: “The living proof of the value of exchange”

The latest edition of the Wildifire Diaries by Vallfirest starring Alex Held, Senior Expert of Fire Management, Silviculture and Wildlife at the European Forest Institute (EFI) and project leader of “Waldbrand-Klima-Resilienz” (Forestfires-Climate-Resilience , in short: WKR).

In this episode Alex chats about how he started as a firefighter in South Africa as a complete greenhorn, facing unbelievable extents of fire, but also learning about tools used for fire management he has not seen before.

“Make friends before you need them” says Alexander Held

He was thrown in at the deep end and adjusted quickly with what he called a “steep learning curve”. Today Alex uses the international experience he gained in more than 20 years to train, support and consult firemen, foresters, and researchers.

The most important lesson Alex learnt:“ You need friends and partners to fight fires.“ Working in fire management has let Alex to a great, trustful network.

The Wildfire Diaries are produced by Vallfirest. This audiovisual series provides insights into the experience of wildfire professionals who share experiences, lesson learnt and personal stories.

Vallfirest, a WKR project partner, manufactures equipment, tools and solutions for wildland firefighting. They work closely with professionals and practitioners from all over the world to provide the best equipment possible.

They kindly support the WKR project and provide tools and equipment for WKR demonstration sites.

You can watch the episode here.

This Blogpost was originally posted on the WKR website


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