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There is a policy of COMPLETLEY switching "overhead" and fire leadership every 21 days or so.
this results in a lot of contradicted orders, hesitation to implement good policy close to switchover dates, and a lack of productive action (abandoning almost completed fire lines not in danger of being overrun to start new lines that will be overrun before they are complete.)
It's time to abandon the idea that we need to completely dismiss overhead and leadership teams multiple times on a single fire, so they can take a two day rest and go to another fire that they have no idea about. (Why not rotate in rest days but keep overhead on?)
Wildland firefighting is not so simple that the entire dynamics of an area and a 400 man firefighting crew can be understood in a few days of swap-over. If we stop pretending it is, the fires will be out quicker and fewer of my friends will wind up dead.
@charlie yes, let he who is without sin cast the first stone, by the way, nice blended fabric shirt, why not so outraged by the ignoring of that provision?
Wendy, yes they are required to allow you to move past at their earliest available, problem is a lot of these turn outs are very unstable at the weights hauled, the hauling companies themselves have offered to improve the existing turn outs, and create a few new ones for the safety and convenience of the traveling public, but the lawsuits currently in progress keep them from being able to do so (in a round about way). Many of the senior most drivers have become so used to this that they just assume there is no where to pull over unless they have been told there's a good place to do so...that's one of the things you should be using that pilot car army to determine.
this load (if bound for Laurel) wasn't one of the loads transported for the tar sands and associated pipeline that are becoming such a legal cluster!@#$, but you would have benefited from the tar sands transport companies being able to secure steady routing and improve the road surfaces that they would be traveling upon.
But that is not their final useful destination, that port is being used because its the most convinent, as I understand it they're building a pipeline, which has a huge operational area.
Aen't the Lewiston loads bound for Canada? I29 is a great POE into Canada.
regardless of your counterpoint you still fail to address my main concern of small minded idiots attacking a subcontractor to effect change upon the shipper, (because they have no legal leg to stand on in attacking the shipper). My point still stands that its ineffective, AND stupid.
even if you still think you can cast doubt on my contention that its ineffective, i promise you the transport will happen one way or another, (i've seen loads delayed for years, but Not indefinitely). the route it takes is the only point of contention, and there is significant economic benefit to the movement taking place near your town. Screwing with these folks is tantamount to shooting yourself in the foot to stop an ant from crawling across it.
Attacking a nearly un associated (and financially separate) subcontractor to spite an oil company is not only stupid and ineffective (they will always find a way around you), its a significant loss of revenue to Montana. If you don't think North Dakota and South Dakota will allow these loads to detour through their states you should check their economies, they are already desperately dependent on big oil.
I hope these people have found something more logical to do with their time, like protesting dogs whos owners have oversize SUVs to transport them. This action would make as much sense to the dogs I'm sure, as the mega load protests do to omega-Morgan and Mullen.
If the business model of BOB were better there would be no need for the competition.
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