Lakeview Crew 7 earns Hotshot status

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The Lakeview 7 Hotshot Crew on the Cougar Creek Fire in central Washington, Aug. 17, 2018. Photo by Kari Greer, NIFC.

Congratulations to Lakeview Crew 7, an interagency hotshot firefighter crew comprised almost entirely of U.S. military veterans.

The crew was formed in 2000 and reorganized in 2011 to help military veterans transition to productive civilian careers. Crew 7 has been funded under the BLM Veterans Crew Program since 2012.

In March of 2016, Crew 7 began the process to be certified as a hotshot crew. They went through the review process in 2017 and received the recommendation for certification this year.

During the 2018 wildfire season, Lakeview Crew 7 battled fires across the West, including the large Cougar Creek Fire in central Washington.

“Our time spent in the military is a key ingredient to our achievements,” said Levi VanderMolen, a member of Crew 7.

“It’s what separates us from other crews and inspires us to work harder and become the best.”

Learn more about BLM career opportunities for veterans:

Lakeview Crew 7
Photo by Kari Greer, NIFC

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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.

6 thoughts on “Lakeview Crew 7 earns Hotshot status”

  1. Congratulations!! What a perfect week to hear the good news. So happy for the crew! Gratitude to you all for your military service. And your continued hard work stateside.


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