I just wanted to quickly jump on and send out a note to all the users. Although, some are sending some comments that the site isn’t owned by Firefighters anymore, or that the old WLF Was better, I will answer a few of the comments and concerns.
First, FireWhat Inc, the company four Firefighters founded, is who bought WLF. We, the founders, are all firefighters, with the exception of two of us now. We stepped away to run the company and dedicate all of our time to building the best tools we could, and buying WLF, took so much time, that it was more important to me to step away from my 19 year career as a Wildland Firefighter, to help this community with the best tools and information that are out there.
On the TheySaid topic, there are two sides to this. First, the new format…
Personally if you ask me, it is way more intuitive, and easier for us, the team at WLF, to manage. Previously, the old way was only able to be updated on one single desktop. Which made leaving for family, travel, or vacation, almost impossible for Ab. The new system can be moderated from our smart phones, tablets, and any computer, anywhere on earth. Thus making it an easier system to manage.
I know, change is tough. I was a firefighter for many many years. In the summers, I still respond to wildfire incidents. With our GIS Trailer. So, I am still just as involved, but almost even more so now. Because we have to keep up on the latest news and intel coming into the site.
And, with the trailers, we are constantly seeing the tools that need to be created, and how we can better bring information to the site, to get more info out to the field.
As far as the talk about managers or administrators working out a deal with us. That’s not the case at all, at least for FireWhat. We try to stay as neutral as possible. To be honest, I don’t like having a lot of the bashing on one side or another. I was a Union Officer, so believe you me… I have had my own battles.
But, looking at the big picture, it is better for us as the community to share information that is helpful for our fellow brothers and sisters. I would like to encourage posting.
Yes, your right, we don’t have an “Ab” who is starting conversations on here, but on Facebook, our Social Media guru does. We will work on integrating the two systems together to get more of a voice going back here. I will make that commitment to you all!
Please, don’t bash on us. We are a team of folks who really truly care about the Wildland Fire Community. I have got to tell you, getting our non fire folks out on the line last year, it turned their mind set. They saw what we all go through. What camp life was like. What working at 19 hour day after a 24 hour day, with less then two hours of sleep is like, while having a one year old at home they are breast feeding.
So, the team isn’t a bunch of tech folks, who have no passion for what the Wildland Community do. They are just a new generation of the Old Ab and Ab. With the same exact passion to keep this thing moving forward.
Yes, we changed the website to have a better flow, and attract partners to help us fund the operations. By doing that, we also added the first time ever, live map. There is a constant struggle to get the lastest wildfire intel into the site, and through several agency partners, outside industry companies, and intel providers, we are working to continue building this site up, with the best tools possible.
This site was no easy feat by any measure. It was built by you all, the community. But, we have to make it easy to manage, which the old site was very cumbersome. No, not everything is perfect, we get that. We hear the frustrations, but also welcome help.
One area we could use some help, TheySaid. Help “They” have a “Said” again. Without the topics, it’s hard for us to keep the conversations going.
One thing I do want to let you all in on, TheySaid has actually grown it’s viewership.. We just need help from you to build the articles being posted.
It’s still anonymous, so there’s no issues on posting articles.
Here’s a challenge, one article a year! That is 30 articles a day, if every member of this site posted! That is a true representation of “TheySaid”.
It doesn’t have to be controlled by us. We are very open to posting info. Help us with this. Let’s not shoot holes at the new owners, cause, here’s another little tidbit…
I gave up everything I had for this site. I had to sign a pretty BIG deal to purchase the website. I gave up my retirement, my wages, my benefits, the nice State of CA monthly paychecks, just to dedicate my time to you all, and help this team build the “Home of the Wildland Firefighter” to what it needs to be!
So, we are your team. Help us help you. Contribute articles, and if we look at “Is TheySaid Dead”. There were 28 Comments, and over 1,800 views. I would say, no, it is not dead. Just needs the community to contribute and help us out!