John Segar named Chief of USFWS Fire Management

John Segar has been named Chief of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Fire Management Branch, moving up from the position of Deputy Chief. Before that he was the National Fuels Coordinator working out of the Boise office. He has previous experience with the National Park Service and the U. S. Forest Service.

Congratulations to John. He takes the place of Brian McManus who retired as Chief earlier this year. The USFWS has seen a significant turnover in the upper ranks of fire management over the last year with five of the eight regional chiefs of refuges announcing their retirements or accepting other jobs — Jon Andrew, Tony Leger, Carolyn Bohan, Todd Logan, and Chris Pease. Those personnel moves may well be the tip of an iceberg about to hit. According to a workforce planning report completed in October 2009, 19 percent of the Refuge System’s employees planned to retire by 2014.


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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.