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Fire Assignments

The primary objective of fire suppression assignments is to provide the detailer with a wide range of fire experience. Emphasis is placed on assigning the crew to as many large fires as possible. This ensures a diverse exposure to many fuel types, fire behavior conditions, organizational structures, and geographical/functional job positions.

The actual number of fires the crew is dispatched to varies from year to year. However, the majority of the fires will be of class "D" size or larger, giving a crewperson considerable exposure to large fire operations. Generally one season on this crew would be equivalent to five seasons of experience on a district suppression crew.

Being on an Interagency Hotshot Crew means responding to fire and/or emergency assignments nationally, and on occasion, internationally. These assignments are normally under adverse conditions and extremely hazardous situations.

This crew has been assigned to hundreds of major campaign fire assignments since its inception in 1967. These assignments have taken place in 17 states, including Alaska, and have also included three assignments to Canada. Protection agencies the crew has assisted include the U.S. Forest Service, various state forestry departments, the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), state park systems, state fish and wildlife departments, the Alaska Fire Service, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, the Saskatchewan Department of Environment and Resource Management, and the Alberta Forest Service.





In 2005, the Redding IHC was assigned its first FEMA incident to assist in Hurricane Katrina relief. The crew did two tours in Mississippi doing a various amount of assignments from staffing and organizing P.O.D.’s (Places of Distribution), FEMA trailer setup/maintenance and staffing DRC’s (Disaster Recovery Centers).

For more information on the Redding IHC,
email Dan Mallia.