Thanks to our Fire Photo Experts

We assembled an excellent panel of judges, people with years of photography experience, and we made sure that fire safety experts evaluated the photos. We appreciate the time and skill that our panel members gave to this effort! The panel included:

2010 Photography Judges

Gordon Sachs is the disaster and emergency operations specialist for the Forest Service, Fire and Aviation Management, assigned to the national headquarters in Washington, DC. He serves as Forest Service liaison to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) headquarters staff and coordinates interagency efforts related to Federal firefighting support during disaster response. He also coordinates the national cadre for Emergency Support Function 4 (ESF4) firefighting under the National Response Framework.

Kent Evans is a fire management staff officer for the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas. After earning his bachelor and master of science degrees from Texas A&M, he worked for 2 years as a range conservation officer for the Bureau of Land Management in New Mexico. He spent the next 32 years with the Forest Service in a variety of jobs: range conservation officer, biologist, assistant ranger, and staff officer. He maintains his line qualifications as an incident commander type 3 and safety officer type 2 and assists FEMA as an ESF4 primary leader.

Karl Perry is the national audiovisual manager for the Forest Service with more than 30 years of service. He is responsible for audiovisual information programs in the Forest Service, including the administration of national and headquarters audiovisual activities. He serves as the agency audiovisual manager regarding policy and is responsible for the production of national audiovisual and photographic products. Karl has worked as a feelance photographer for Times-Mirror, and has had many of his photos published in various publications and magazines.

2010 Fire Safety Experts

Tammy Denney, a webmaster for Forest Service, Fire and Aviation Management, Washington, DC, has been with the agency for more than 20 years. As webmaster, Tammy develops and designs specialized fire-related communication materials for a broad audience. Her diversified experience includes national contracting, budget and fiscal management, public affairs, wildland fire safety, and fuels program analysis.

Paul Schmidtke, the Branch Chief for Cooperative Fire Programs in the National Headquarters Office, has been with the Forest Service for 20 years, starting his career on the Huron-Manistee National Forest. Paul served in various fire management and natural resource positions on the Lincoln National Forest.

Thank you Tammy, Paul, Gordon, Kent, and Karl for your time and expertise!

Thanks for Entering!