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Silver State Interagency Hotshot Crew (IHC)

The primary mission of a hotshot crew is to provide a safe, organized, mobile, and highly skilled hand crew for all phases of wildfire suppression. They are primary firefighting resources and considered a "national resource." Each crew is configured with permanent supervisors and trained firefighters for a total of 20 persons. 

Hotshot Crews are so named because of the need for tough, knowledgeable, rugged individuals who can be sent ahead of the main contingent of ordinary labor crews, and independently construct holding lines around critical segments of the fire, hold their line, and survive with little support.

The Silver State Hotshots are based in Carson City, Nevada. We look for individuals that are above average in physical and mental conditioning, who can endure the long, hot fire season, and who readily accept what the day gives them. We look for employees who are committed to teamwork and to the crew.

To contact the Silver State Hotshots:

Silver State Hotshots
5665 Morgan Mill Rd., Carson City, NV 89701
Superintendent: Kevin Kelly; 775-885-6186;  
Asst. Superintendent/Hiring: Justin Cutler; 775-392-3041 ext. 2
Fax: 775-881-6106 

For employment information, please e-mail Justin Cutler at jhcutler@blm.gov.

Plymouth Station
3250 Hobo Hot Springs Rd.
Minden, NV 89423

Silver State Hotshot Superintendents:

2008 to present  Kevin Kelly
2003-2007 Nate Gogna
1999-2002 Jerry Soard
1990-1998 James Ogilvie
1981-1989 Steve Edgar
1980 Mark Lathrop
1979 Tom Sullivan
1978 Kelly Clark
1976-1977 Dick Jackson

Wildland Firefighter’s Foundation

Silver State IHC supports the Wildland Firefighter’s foundation, a non-profit organization that supports firefighters and their families in times of crisis. Their stated mission is to provide assistance with the following:

*Provide immediate travel assistance to get an injured firefighter's family to their firefighter's bedside and assist with expenses for families while their firefighter is recovering.

*Arrange travel for crews to be able to take their fallen brothers home.

*Network crews and families with information and support after an injury or fatality.

*Give financial assistance to families of firefighters killed in the line of duty, ensuring the home is maintained and children are provided for.

*Help an injured firefighter meet their financial needs until they receive benefits, or are able to go back to work.

*Track injured firefighters to ensure they are receiving worker's comp benefits.

*Assist children returning to school after the loss of a parent.

*Ensure survivors are able to attend "Family Fire" the Foundation's annual gathering of families, co-workers, and wildland fire service personnel. Families share their path of healing and their children meet other kids struggling with the loss of a parent.

*Organize a Disneyland trip for children of our fallen wildland firefighters.

Membership is only $52.00 a year. For more information, or to sign up, visit: 

Silver State Vertical Drop Registration Form

Silverstate Vertical Drop Website

Photo of the 2010 Carson City Hotshots
2010 Silver State Hotshots

So You Want To Be A Hotshot?
IHC Minimum Standards
Organizational Chart
Classroom Training

Physical Training

Working Conditions
Mental Attitude
Drug Testing
Personal Equipment

Fire Language/Terms

Photo of a wildfire and heavy smoke

Important Fire Links on the Web:

Hotshot Status Page

Hotshot Crew Guidelines

Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center

National Interagency Fire Center in Boise

National Fire News (NIFC-Updates Daily in Fire Season)

Western Great Basin Coordination Center (Reno)

Weather Link for Reno

BLM National Fitness Challenge

Photo of the Silver State Hotshots pewter belt buckles.
Any Silver State alumni with more than two years of service to the crew is eligible to order one of our fine pewter belt buckles at cost.
Last updated: 04-05-2016