Wow.... this is a throwback I was reorganizing my Uhaul storage unit and found these old photos.. They are from the early 90’s when I worked for a US Forest Service “Hotshot” Wildland firefighting crew... It was actually probably my 2nd Favorite career, although at the age of 26 I was one of the oldest guys in the crew, I truly LOVED the work!!! Interagency Hotshot Crews (IHCs) are the most highly trained, skilled, and experienced type of handcrews. Hotshot crews were first established in Southern California in the late 1940s on the Cleveland and Angeles National Forests. They were called “Hotshot” crews because they worked on the hottest part of wildfires.
The primary mission of IHCs is to provide a safe, professional, mobile and highly skilled hand crew for all phases of fire management and incident operations. IHCs are staffed, conditioned, equipped and qualified to meet a variety of strategic and tactical wildland fire assignments. The organizational structure allows IHCs to form into small modules or squads and accomplish independent assignments. IHCs may be prepositioned for initial attack or perform ready reserve duties as required by national planning level requirements. #whoopwhoop #usfshotshots #hotshotfirefighters #sawboss #swamper #handline #spikingout #18whatchouts #lces #safetyzone #escaperoutes #spikecamp @u.s.forestservice @us_hotshots @team_sohn @bianca_texaslifters_puppy