Our Mission

The US HOTSHOTS ASSOCIATION strives to honor all Hotshots and Hotshot Crews, past and present, with a Preserving the Past, Paying it Forward ethos. We are founded around three pillars of priority: to provide support to Hotshots and Hotshot Families in need; to celebrate, preserve, promote and protect Hotshot culture, history, and lore; and to lend leadership and expertise to innovative projects that seek to improve and expand the application and abilities of Hotshots and Hotshot Crews in the areas of leadership, tactics, techniques, equipment, and otherwise.

Who We Are

The newly-formed U.S. HOTSHOTS ASSOCIATION is an organization created with a specific mission: to support, promote, and preserve Hotshot Crews and Hotshot Crewmembers, both current and former. Dedicated to preserving the rich history of the US Hotshot program, committed to mentorship, and intended to support both special and dire needs, the USHA has also formed with an intent to directly influence innovation and advancement across the pillars of Wildland Fire: Safety, Suppression, and Management.

Originally conceptualized by a group of former Superintendents with deep roots in making the nationwide Hotshot 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 individual interested in learning, promoting, and supporting Hotshots through the stated Mission of the USHA and its elected Board Members.

2016 Reunion

Here is how the U.S. Hotshots Association will impact the Hotshot community:

Respond to Special and Dire Needs
The USHA Mission includes a commitment to direct response and support of Hotshots and/or Hotshot family members in times of need: matters of medical health, injury, or death of a current or former Hotshot. This component of the Mission will also be realized through allocations to charitable or civic organizations that align with the USHA’s Mission and Vision.
Collect and Preserve Hotshot History
The Hotshot program is approaching 70 years since inception, and Hotshot history, already rich and complex, continues to grow. Today’s event is tomorrow’s learning opportunity; the slides from the next fire help decision making on the fire a decade from now. The USHA, as one of its three pillars, has undertaken a commitment to preserving, collecting, clarifying, and sharing Hotshot history—the experiences, learning moments, and agency policies and politics that have made the program what it is today, all of which continue to evolve and will inform the Hotshot program of future decades.
Innovate and Advance the Hotshot Skill Set
 Promoting discussion and information exchange, offering mentorship to interested IHCs and their Overhead, and providing a pool of Subject Matter Experts available for reviews or investigations (accident and otherwise) make up the primary components of our commitment to Innovation and advancement of the Hotshot Skill set. We seek to achieve these goals by providing mentorship through accessibility and organization; by speaking on current and past Safety and suppression issues and the influence of agency regulations and policies; and by providing leadership through conducting reunions which will include engaging presentations, panels, training, and information sessions. Additionally, the USHA will communicate and collaborate with other relevant organizations.

USHA Endorsed Fundraisers

Another avenue for USHA support comes through our endorsement of qualifying private fundraising and crowdfunding accounts such as GoFundMe and YouCaring. With the widespread use of social media we can now reach out to an ever-increasing number of people worldwide, and make these situations known to the greater Hotshot community. Campaigns meeting our support criteria can request to have a link to their fundraising initiative posted on our USHA web page, which will include a notification sent out to those on our mailing list. Contributions to any given USHA-endorsed fundraising campaign are completely at the discretion of any individual on our mailing list and wider network. For fundraising campaigns spearheaded for individuals (created by others), the U.S. Hotshot Association collects no percentage of the monies raised, and there is no fee USHA fee for this opportunity to spread the commo to our fellow Hotshots who may be able and energized to support others. Check back here, or monitor our New and Events page, for currently endorsed campaigns.

July 2, 2022USHA Endorsed FundraisersAndy Parker Andy’s Story UPDATE (7/12/22): Since Andy’s diagnosis, he’s met with a lot of doctors—a nephrologist, two urologists, two oncologists, and an interventional radiologist. He’s decided to work with the kidney cancer team at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center (Fred Hutch) in Seattle to treat his cancer. Starting July 15, Andy has the first part of his treatment, an immunotherapy drug through a 90-minute infusion, which he’ll have every two weeks ($14,800/month). At the same time, he starts a daily chemotherapy drug in pill form ($24,000/month). After three months of these treatments, Andy will again go through extensive tests and scans to determine if the drugs are working to shrink some of or all his tumors. Deb’s mom lives near Seattle, so they stay with her during their trips to Fred Hutch. That minimizes their travel costs to gas (and possible flight costs), plus kenneling their dog. Although they have medical insurance that (so far) covers most of the bloodwork, appointments, and recurring scans, their prescription insurance will not cover all the drug costs. They are working with Fred Hutch, their insurance company, and the pharmaceutical companies to apply for grants and other programs to minimize their out-of-pocket burden. Andy has no major pain, but suffers from anemia, dizziness, headaches, and fatigue. Four years is a guesstimate by the oncologists on how long the drugs may give Andy if he responds to the treatment. If he doesn’t, it’s on to a different “cocktail” that may work better. And there’s always the hope that a clinical trial over the next couple of years may offer new treatment options. Time to work on that bucket list … visiting out-of-state family is first on the list, in-between treatments. Our friend and IHC brother, Andy Parker (aka Andy Gay), has been diagnosed with an aggressive kidney cancer that’s spread to his lungs, liver, and spine. Andy lives with his wife, Deb, in Redmond, OR. Their daughter, Tai, is a mental health counselor in the Humboldt County, CA area. They have established this CaringBridge site to keep in touch (www.caringbridge.org/visit/andyparker72). Andy started as an engine crew member on the San Bernardino NF (1973-78) and was a member of the 1977 Redding Hotshot Crew. On the Plumas NF (1978-83), he moved up to engine captain. Andy became a full-time hotshot as superintendent of the Winema (1984-85), Baker River (1986), and Redmond (1987-96) Interagency Hotshot Crews. He left the hotshot life in 1997, taking the Division Chief position on the Coconino NF in Flagstaff, AZ (1997-2001). On an international detail, Andy was project leader of training development for the Federal Forest Service of Russia and Avialesookhrana, making multiple trips to Moscow and Vladivostok. He finished his career as the Colorado State B.L.M. Operations Specialist and retired in 2007.  Andy is a strong advocate for the hotshot program and the importance of thorough training and safety. He put taking care of firefighters at the forefront, while dedicated to safe and efficient operations. Now, it is time for us to lend him a hand at a difficult time. To show our support for the family, the US Hotshot Association is sponsoring a raffle to raise money that will assist with expenses. We are planning to raffle a Stihl 362 chainsaw. Consider backing up Andy as he climbs the steep slope ahead. And as he’s always encouraged his crews, he’ll keep working the hill … two more chains. “The truth be told I’ve never left the hotshot community!” (ABP) Your support is most greatly appreciated. Like this:Like Loading... [...]
March 31, 2021USHA Endorsed FundraisersHero Shot Kuche Fundraiser Raffle to Support Bill Kuche sponsored by the US Hotshots Association Bill Kuche, Superintendent of Flagstaff IHC is currently on a waiting list for a new kidney. He is unable to lead his crew into this upcoming fire season due to his medical condition. In addition, this situation is generating substantial costs for the family through this enduring time. The purpose of this raffle is to support Bill and his family through this hardship. The Southwest Hotshot Superintendents contacted the U.S. Hotshots Association and requested the association to facilitate this raffle for Bill Kuche and family. The mission of the U.S. Hotshots Association is to support Hotshots present and past and their families in times of need. This raffle would not be possible without contributions by others. The U.S. Hotshots Association would like to thank P.O. Bahn and Sons, JK Boots, Mystery Ranch, YETI, Globe AZ Ace Hardware, Flagstaff, AZ Homeco Lumber & Hardware, and Willies Distillery. All shipping and handling is paid for. Without your support this raffle would not be possible. Each entry is $20 or 10 entries for $100 for a chance to win 1 of 17 UPDATED: 18 19 donated prizes. ENTER NOW $20 = 1 Entry $100 = 10 Entries Raffle will start April 1st and end on June 1st. List of Prizes: 1st Place Prize – Traeger Pro 780 BBQ MSRP $999.99 Traeger Pro 780 BBQ $20 = 1 Entry $100 = 10 Entries 2nd Place Prize – Stihl Multi-Power Tool Package MSRP $960.00 Stihl MS-250 Chainsaw with 18” bar KM 91 Kombi-Motor. Includes Trimmer & Pole Saw Attachments $20 = 1 Entry $100 = 10 Entries 3rd Place Prize – TRAEGER PRO 575 WIFI BBQ MSRP $799.99 TRAEGER PRO 575 WIFI BBQ $20 = 1 Entry $100 = 10 Entries 3rd Place Prize – CUSTOM BUILD BY JK BOOTS a $500 Value CUSTOM BUILD BY JK BOOTS $20 = 1 Entry $100 = 10 Entries 3rd Place Prize – DREW’S ROUGHSHOTS 10″ a $500 Value Drew’s Roughshots 10 $20 = 1 Entry $100 = 10 Entries 4th Place Prize: Three 4 Items – Mystery Ranch Terraplane MSRP $400.00, Mystery Ranch Glacier MSRP $350.00, YETI Tundra 65 Hard Cooler MSRP $350.00 & HAND FORGED HUNTING KNIFE $320.00 Mystery Ranch Terraplane MSRP $400.00Mystery Ranch GlacierYETI Tundra 65 Hard Coolerhand forged hunting knife $20 = 1 Entry $100 = 10 Entries 5th Place: Eight Nine 10 Total Prizes Mystery Ranch 2 Day Assault MSRP $199.00Mystery Ranch Flight Monster MSRP $185.00Mystery Ranch Mission Duffel MSRP $150.00Mystery Ranch Monster MSRP $165.00Mystery Ranch Range Bags MSRP $150Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 24 MSRP $165.00Willies Distillery Gift Basket. A great value to the person that wins this prize.CANYON COOLER NOMAD 20 MSRP $179.99Hotshot Brewing $150 Gift Card Donation $20 = 1 Entry $100 = 10 Entries Like this:Like Loading... [...]
February 22, 2020Uncategorized / USHA Endorsed FundraisersThe U.S. Hotshot Association (USHA) is sponsoring the 2nd annual fundraiser to support Hotshots and their families during significant time of need when tragic events such as injuries and loss of life occur. Through this fundraiser we are sharing the proceeds with the Wildland Firefighter Foundation (WFF) whose mission is similar to the USHA.  Hotshots are 20 person crews from across the nation with their primary purpose being wildland fire suppression. These crews operate in a high risk environment where injuries and loss of life periodically occur. The main focus of the U.S. Hotshots Association is to support Hotshots and their families during significant time of need when tragic events such as injuries and loss of life take place. Our mission when such event occur is to support the Hotshots and their families with moral and financial support. To fund our mission, the USHA is sponsoring its 2nd Annual Sporting Clay Fundraiser scheduled for May 1st, 2020 Southwest of Bakersfield CA. When tragedy strikes, that person’s life and their families may be negatively affected forever. These hotshots, wildland firefighters, and their families cannot be forgotten but included in efforts to ease their loss and suffering. This effort may be long term through maintaining contact and include appropriate support for the effected children such as scholarships and or other appropriate activities. “Doing the right thing for the right reason” which is a bias for action that supports the mission of the USHA and WFF. Please be part of the mission of the USHA to help those that are in dire situations with tragic events. I ask you to be a sponsor to make a bad circumstances better. Visit our web site to learn more about the U.S. Hotshots Association. Also on the website is information regarding our fundraiser. Follow the directions for details on how you can help by becoming a sponsor. Thank you in advance of your commitment. www.ushotshots.com Like this:Like Loading... [...]

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