Alta Hotshot Crew: Protecting Utahns from dangerous and complex fires
June 17, 2014
Our Utah firemen and women are some of the most well-trained, professional firefighting crews in the nation. We are proud of them for going above and beyond the call of duty to help our communities and our state, especially as fire season is upon us.
Firefighting crews around the state take the initiative to be up-to-date with their training, just like the Alta Handcrew. Four years ago, the 20 person crew started training to become a Type 1, or “Hotshot” certified wildland firefighting crew.
Interagency Hotshot Crews (IHC) are specialized in wildfire suppression tactics. To become a hotshot crew, members go through physically demanding and extensive training to become the best in their field. These crews travel around the country and the state putting out dangerous and complex fires. Their skills and expertise are really needed and put to good use.
As of two weeks ago, the Alta Handcrew passed their final national review and is now called the Alta Hotshots. Nationwide, only two states have hotshot programs, the Alaska Division of Forestry and Utah Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands. However, this accomplishment makes the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands the only state agency in the country to sponsor two Interagency Hotshot Crews. Congratulations Alta Hotshot Crew!
Responding to the call of duty, the Alta Hotshot Crew has already been assigned a wild fire happening at the Cow Hollow Fire in Duchesne County.