DOD may cut Hot Shot Crew
The Department of Defense may eliminate the only specialized wildland firefighting crew in the entire Department. They have no funding for the Vandenberg Hot Shot crew in California beyond September 30. Unless they can find additional funds, the crew which was created after four men died in the Honda Canyon Fire on Vandenberg Air Force Base in 1977, will cease to exist. No final decision has been made, but it is not looking good for the future of the crew.
El Dorado Hotshots to raise funds for the WFF
The El Dorado Hotshots are organizing an event to raise money for the Wildland Firefighter Foundation. The WFF assists firefighters and the families of firefighters who are injured or killed in the line of duty.
The event is the “2nd Annual Day at the Winery” at two locations in Camino, California on May 5 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you’re in the area, you should go, if for no other reason than they created the above very cool graphic for their flyer, which as more information. (If those wine glasses actually exist, I want one!) And, of course, the WFF is an extremely worthy cause which provides invaluable assistance to the wildland fire community.
If you can’t attend, at least join the WFF’s “52 Club”.