Over the past several months I have been working on video projects. The first four videos featuring interviews with career firefighters have now been uploaded onto the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center's (LLC) YouTube page. Answering questions about their career experiences, mentors and mentoring, Sue Husari from the National Park Service, Jim Cook from the U.S. Forest Service, Chris Wilcox from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Jeff Arnberger from the Bureau of Land Management provide valuable information for young firefighters looking to turn their summer job into a full-time career.
My experience creating these videos taught me some pretty cool skills. I had never created a product using video editing software before, so there was quite a learning curve before I could submit my videos to the LLC. I first began editing the videos using Adobe Premiere Elements, a very basic editing tool. Unfortunately it did not have the capacity I needed in order to create decent videos and I instead switched to Adobe Premiere Pro CS5, a top of the line and easy to learn video editor. From there I was able to create transitions, insert photos, music tracks and test the videos before final publication. This allowed me to create the kinds of videos I envisioned for publication on the LLC YouTube page.
There are three more interviews in the works: Jun Kinoshita, Fire Archeologist at Yosemite National Park, Ben Jacobs, Fuels Specialist at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, and Brit Rosso, Center Manager for the Wildand Fire Lessons Learned Center. During my travels to Sequoia and Kings Canyon, I interviewed Ben and Brit. Jun was in Boise, Idaho and I was able to interview him during his visit. All three interviewees have added their own key insights regarding career development and mentoring. I look forward to completing them and making these three interviews available as a resource as well.