The collapse of sensemaking in organizations: Weick The collapse of sensemaking in organizations: The Mann Gulch disaster.
Wagner Dodge in Mann Gulch. John Robert Jansson, Canyon Ferry District Ranger, quickly organized the suppression of the four fires that had been reported in his jurisdiction. Mann Gulch Fire, map of events, 5 August  5 August 8: Harrison, former smokejumper and recreation guard at the Meriwether Canyon guard station and directed him to conduct a foot patrol in Mann Gulch to search for possible sleeper fires.
He climbed feet meters from the Meriwether Guard Station to reach the fire perimeter and began to work on the blaze with his Pulaski about 1: He considered the rate of growth of the sleeper "unusual" and "exceptional. The blaze was regarded as manageable for a small firefighting crew until a larger ground crew arrived.
Additional smokejumpers were available for action, but all other transport planes were engaged on other projects. The smokejumpers, including the foreman, ranged in age from 17 to 33 average age, The majority of the firefighters were attending forestry classes at the Montana State University.
For most of them, this was their first year in the smokejumper program. Logistical and transportation delays plagued the mobilization. On the way to the planned assembly area at the mouth of Mann Gulch, Jansson suspected that the fire might be encroaching into Merriweather Canyon, a scenic area.
The fire danger rating was calculated at 74 out of Spotter and jumpmaster Earl Cooley and crew foreman R. Wagner Dodge appraised the fire. They observed that since 4 August, the lightning caused blaze had scorched 50 to 60 acres, originating in Mann Gulch and spreading upslope and south to the crest at Meriwether Canyon, where it had crowned and burnt out without generating any spot fires.
The fire was moving gradually downhill to the northeast up gulch through sparse grass. The fire appeared to be routine.
Only bears and fires — not firefighters — can run uphill faster than down. Figure 1 After dropping the men at the customary feet meters elevation, Huber took the C to feet meters to drop the equipment because of heavy turbulence.
As a result, the gear was widely scattered on the north slope delaying its retrieval. Merle "Skip" Stratton submitted his resignation from the US Forest Service when the airplane returned to Missoula that evening, before news of the tragedy was reported.
He would be return to Mann Gulch to assist in the recovery operation of his deceased comrades. Figure 1 The crew was about one mile as the raven flies up the drainage from the Missouri River.
They could see the fire's perimeter about 0. The men were "not greatly impressed" with the blaze and only concerned that "the steep and rocky ground" would make mop up difficult the next morning. It was burning on top of the ridge and I thought it would continue on up the ridge…"   5: Foreman Dodge ordered squad leader Bill Hellman to take charge while he went to investigate.AgendaParticipants are expected to have read The Leadership Moment, chapter 2 [Wagner Dodge retreats in Mann Gulch], prior to this presentation.
3. Case Overview: FactsFifteen men land on the ground to fight a dangerous fire. The Story That Tore Through the Trees ShareThis. He was the first person to take firefighters to study Mann Gulch, back in , and, this May, he agreed to take me.
with the river at. The disaster at Mann Gulch was produced by the interrelated collapse of sensemaking and structure. If we can understand this collapse, we may be able to forestall similar disasters in other organizations.
The Mann Gulch fire was a wildfire reported on August 5, in a gulch located along the upper Missouri River in the Gates of the Mountains Wilderness (then known as the Gates of the Mountains Wild Area), Helena National Forest, in Nearest city: Helena, Montana. CASES INVOLVING PROBLEM SOLVING The Mann Gulch Disaster Norman McLean's award-winning book, Young Man and Fire, tells the story of Mann Gulch more than 40 years after one of the largest firefighting disasters in the 50%(4).
Summary: Weick's article is a sort of in-depth analysis of the book Young men and fire by Normal Maclean which is a story about a large fire-fighting disaster that happened in Mann Gulch that claimed the lifes of 13 firefighters.
The paper uses the example of Mann Gulch to ask two key questions: Why do organizations unravel or disentigrate?