Craig Interagency Hotshot Crew has a New Home
An open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on April 17 commemorated the completion of the Craig Interagency Hotshot facility at 459 Center Street, Craig, Colorado. About 35 people attended representing the Craig Police Department, Routt County Emergency Management, National Fish and Wildlife Service, Colorado State Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management Colorado State Office Fire Management, BLM West Slope District, local subcontractors, BLM employees and members of the public.
The 6,000 square foot structure includes a training class room, weight /workout room, supply cache, offices, saw shop, and equipment area. The building design is actually a prototype for other hotshot facilities and is the third one constructed using this layout.
The Craig IHS is the only Bureau of Land Management hotshot crew in Colorado and one of 11 BLM-sponsored hotshot crews in the United States. The hotshot program began operation in Craig in 2001.
The ceremony kick-off was conducted by BLM Colorado Northwest District Associate Manager Dave Rosenkrance followed by remarks from Ken Kerr, BLM Colorado Fire Management Officer. Kerr said integrity and safety are cornerstones of hotshot protocol, and mentioned that the Craig hotshots are known for their dedication and hard work.
Shawn Telford, who has been superintendent of the Craig crew since 2005, was the final speaker and he thanked the community and BLM fire managers for their support. Then Telford gave the signal to start the chain saw and begin cutting the ceremonial plywood ribbon in true hotshot style.
The 22 person crew will begin training April 23 and be ready to mobilize for assignments in early May.