USDA Forest Service
Vol. 3 - October 22, 2006
The Peer Review Principle
Implementation of a doctrinal approach to fire management requires performance
management systems that are designed to improve workforce decision-making.
Peer Reviews provide a framework for evaluation of decisions, behaviors,
and contributing factors (organizational, environmental, social…)
that lead to human success/failure and a means to learn from a variety
of situations, including close calls, significant events, and routine
The immediate product of the Peer Review is a written disclosure of lessons learned, including the story of the event and the reasons it unfolded the way it did. Benefits of the Peer Review process and report include:
The Peer Review principle has been used by the Forest Service for review of several events including the Tarkio I-90 Shelter Deployment (Region 1), Little Venus Deployment (Region 2), Balls Canyon Near-Miss (Region 5) and the Gash Creek Fire (Region 1). Two of these reports are published on the Wildfire Lessons Learned Center website at http://www.wildfirelessons.net/Home.aspx for your review. These stories help us to validate doctrinal principles and speak volumes about our implementation behaviors.
“Look hard at free lessons vs. waiting for tragedies”.
US Forest Service