Operating Plan, 2006-07
Memorandum of Understanding, approved November, 2003
to 1994 NWCG Training Memo, adopted September, 2003
At Colorado Firecamp, we frequently get calls and e-mails
from a mom or dad, asking about helping their son or daughter get started
As often as not, it's the parents who send us the payment for the class.
Recently, we got something a little different, as a big sister (and
former student) got her brother enrolled with the e-mail messages below,
sent from Baghdad, Iraq:
Good Morning –
I am hoping that
you still have a slot available in your S-130/190 class,
includes that pack test for red card. If so I would
like to add my brother to the list for the January
18th – 21st class. I will send him with a check. I will
be paying for it, so the check will be from me. Let me know as
soon as possible if this is a go.
Thanks so much
I know that I don’t know you all that well, but
while he is there can you provide him some guidance. He is
new to the area and really wants to get into wild land firefighting,
but feels frustrated and afraid he won’t find a job.
Perhaps you can talk with him about were to start. I have always
on the structural side of things and don’t have much
insight on the wild land side other than small brush fires.
I would be
greatly appreciative of this. I am doing the best that I can
with him as far as getting him enrolled in classes and such.
I am doing a tour in Iraq as a firefighter so I am limited
on some things.
Have a great day, and I hope he enjoys the class as much as
We have also had contact with
families on the other end of
a firefighter's career — after
a fatality fire. Words cannot express the obligation we feel make sure
that lessons are learned.
It was our honor
and privelege to hike to the Cramer Fire fatality site with
the Heath family on July 23rd, 2006 — the day after the memorial
dedication on the third anniversary of the tragedy.
Despite the overcast
weather, this is the National Fallen
Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland on a good day, when
the flags are flown at full-staff.