U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
News.bytes Extra, issue 406
Hotshots fire crew opens their new home
When the Diamond Mountain Hotshots fire crew held a grand opening of their new headquarters in Susanville last week, they did it with hotshot flair: the ribbon was cut with a chainsaw. (text continues below)
A group of about 50 officials from local, state and federal agencies joined the BLM and the hotshots for the ribbon cutting and facilities tours on Monday, October 26. Speakers at the ceremony, including BLM Deputy State Director Karen Barnette, praised the crew for its outstanding safety and performance records.
The new facility includes an engine barn for the hotshots' crew carriers, equipment storage and work areas, space for physical training and office space.
The Diamond Mountain hotshots, an interagency crew housed by BLM, has been using temporary quarters since its formation in 1993.
Hotshots are highly skilled federal fire fighters (the Forest Service and Park Service also field hotshots) who are assigned to the most demanding fireline assignments. Members must meet and maintain extremely high levels of physical fitness and dedicate themselves to professionalism and teamwork in their assignments. They can be dispatched to all types of incidents, from wildfires to hurricane recovery, across the nation.
- Jeff Fontana, 10/09
|Last updated: 10-28-2009|