Our People

As first responders, our crews make a living responding quickly to strenuous situations.

We excel at helping government agencies and private industry overcome incredibly difficult environmental realities to restore and enable operations.

Every crew member is screened for character traits required of emergency responders; a willingness to work hard for long hours in less than desirable conditions. Then we hire the ones who complete their missions smiling.

We currently have more than 450 staff trained within the Incident Command System who are physically qualified to fight wildland fires for the US Forest Service or respond to other catastrophes. They are organized into 20-person crews. Each 20 person crew can be broken down further into five or ten person squads, each with its own leadership structure and disciplined chain of command.

Our 20-person response teams feature:

  • Collectively, over 30,000 first responder days worked in the last three years,
  • All personnel trained in the Incident Command System, National Incident Management System and FEMA disaster response curriculum,
  • Bilingual speakers, and
  • At least one member formally trained as an Emergency Medical Technician.

Inherent in our roots as firefighters is the drive to respond swiftly and safely. We’ve set up our entire operation to rapidly mobilize personnel and equipment under any circumstance. Our equipment caches are staged around the country to shorten response times. Our crews are on call 24/7/365 and expected to be on the road traveling to an incident within two (2) hours of dispatch.

Advance teams are expected to be on-scene within 24 hours. Typically, equipment begins arriving within 48 hours depending on its storage location and the distance to the worksite. Base Camp occupancy usually begins within 72-96 hours of deployment.

We stand ready to be deployed within hours to anywhere in the United States, and to most places in the world.