The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Fire Management Program is responsible for protecting and restoring lands in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa and Pacific Islands territories.
FWS Leads the March to the Fireline
National Interagency Fire Center
Whenever the national fire situation reaches the critical stage and fire crews get scarce, wildland fire managers turn to the U.S. military for assistance. When this process begins, FWS fire managers lead the training effort. A training cadre from the National Interagency Fire Center, headed by Roger Spaulding, Fire Management Branch, and including other FWS trainers, is dispatched to military bases to prepare soldiers for large fire operations. Over the past 15 years, several thousand soldiers and Marines have been trained as wildland firefighters and deployed to major fires to augment the exhausted civilian firefighting forces. The FWS role at the helm of the national training program began in 1990. In addition, FWS participation has expanded each year with more Service personnel filling training positions.
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