U.S. Hotshots Association
The newly-formed U.S. HOTSHOTS ASSOCIATION is an organization with a specific mission: to support, promote, protect, and preserve all Hotshot Crews and Hotshot Crew Members — current, former, and future. Dedicated to preserving the rich history of the U.S. Hotshot program, committed to mentorship, and intended to support of special and dire needs, the USHA has also formed with an intent to directly influence innovation and advancement across the significant quarters of Wildland Fire culture, policy, and operations: Safety, Leadership, Suppression, and Management.
The Wildland Firefighter Foundation is the original organization to provide help to the families of those wildland firefighters who have lost their lives or injured in the line of duty. Families left behind, many with young children, often find themselves with few resources, and the Foundation steps in to help. The Foundation came together as a group of volunteers in 1994, shortly after the Storm King tragedy and in the spring of 1999, The Wildland Firefighter Foundation was officially established. With dedication and a lot of volunteer work, plans were developed for a national monument to honor firefighters, a dream that was realized in May 2000. The Foundation's board members realized that there was a great need to have emergency support services for the families of fallen firefighters.
In the words of ex Tahoe supt Rusty Witwer.
“The most important thing we do is make sure everyone gets home for Christmas dinner with stories to tell and money to spend”…”
Originally conceptualized by a group of former Superintendents, with deep roots in making the Interagency Hotshot Crew program what it is today, the U.S. HOTSHOTS ASSOCIATION is open for membership. Current and former Hotshots, Fire Managers (both former Hotshots and otherwise), Friends and Family, Media, inquisitive laypersons — in short, any group or individual interested in learning, promoting, and supporting Hotshots through the stated mission of the USHA and its elected Board Members. All are welcome!Find out more information on how you can get involved here!