The U.S. Hotshot Association News and Events

Our News and Events page, aka the USHA Blog, is our platform for news, events, and information, including logistics and details of our Annual Reunion/Meeting. Our blog will also feature posts regarding USHA endorsed fundraising, news of Fireline Accidents and Reports, and pertinent posts/essays by Superintendent, Hotshots (current, former, and retired), and other members of the Wildland Community with pertinent and valuable work and ideas to share. Notable retirements, obituaries, individual and crew accomplishments, and other contributions to the Hotshot Community will also be reported and recorded, as part of our mission to preserve and support the History of the US Hotshot Program.


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Andy 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 ( 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... [...]
Hero 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... [...]
Stan Stewart was a longtime Hotshot with the Los Padres IHC (1974-2010), a founding member of the U.S. Hotshots Association (USHA), and the Assn’s first President elect. He passed in 2017, after a long fight with cancer, after having made an unforgettable impact on the Hotshot community, and greater wildland fire service, as well as all who worked with and for him directly. A natural mentor, leader, teacher, and organizer who valued training and education as paramount, Stan worked tirelessly to get our Association in a position to help support both current and former Hotshots, as well as Hotshot families in need. This scholarship is a part of his dream, and as such, is named in his honor. The USHA Stan Stewart Scholarship was created to aid Hotshots and Hotshot families in their pursuit of personal and community improvement, through higher education, and the learning of marketable trades and skills. We wish each of you the best of luck in whatever path you choose in life, and we welcome your application for consideration. Eligibility To qualify for the U.S. Hotshots Association scholarship an applicant must be one (or more) of the following: A Regular Member of the U.S. Hotshots Association, or in the immediate family* of a current Association memberA current or former hotshotThe immediate family* of a current or former hotshot *Immediate family refers to a person’s parents, spouse, children, and siblings and will also include the parent’s spouse. Step children and adopted children, and their spouses, are included under the purview of immediate family ( Ineligibility USHA Officers and BOD members as well as their immediate families are not eligible to be awarded scholarship support. Applicant Criteria Applicant must be at least a senior in high school.There is no upper age limit to apply.Applicant must be enrolled in an accredited educational or training institution at the time of application.Scholarships can be awarded to an applicant in ether a college/university or trade school.For applicants progressing directly from high school to continuing education a 3.0 GPA for the applicant’s junior and senior high school years are required.For those applicants currently in college or trade schools a 3.0 GPA, or specific institutional documentation of successful progress for the applicants most recent 2 years is required.For trade schools with under a two-year enrollment.  Documentation of the applicant’s good standing for their enrollment period will suffice.An official transcript must accompany the application. Application Dates To account for the varying start dates of college semesters and trade schools, applications will be reviewed, and scholarships will be awarded biannually. Application deadlines are Mar 15 and Nov 15.The target date for the Scholarship awards will be Apr 15 and Dec 15.Applicants not chosen for Apr 15 award will be carried over to Dec 15.  Applications will not carry over into the next calendar year. Application Process To apply the applicant must complete and submit the standard USHA Scholarship Application.  The link to this application is found at the bottom of this page.  This application includes the requirement to submit a 500 to 1000-word essay. The purpose of this essay is to describe your reasons for requesting scholarship support.  It also allows the applicant to provide the scholarship committee members insight into the applicant goals and future plans.  This essay portion will be judged on their needs request, writing skills and creativity. Required Documents Checklist: Online ApplicationEssay, 500-1000 wordsLetter of Acceptance to College or Trade School for applicants currently in High SchoolOfficial Transcript inclusive of at least the last two years of education. Award Process The number and dollar amount of USHA scholarships awarded will be dependent on funds available and the number of applicants. A goal of $5,000 in scholarship awards annually has been targeted.  This targeted amount will be evaluated by USHA BOD to determine the exact amount to be awarded per each award cycle. Scholarship monies will be paid directly to the school or institution. No money will be paid directly to the recipient. Best of luck in your journey, and thank you for checking out our USHA Scholarship page. For complete application and selection criteria, please see the link below. APPLY HERE Like this:Like Loading... [...]
The 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. Like this:Like Loading... [...]
WHEN: May 1st and 2nd ,2020 LOCATION: Kern County Gun Club, 12450 Shotgun Rd Bakersfield, CA 93311 Purpose: Proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to support the missions of the US Hotshot Association (USHA) and the Wildland Firefighter Foundation (WFF). Come Join Us! Friday May 1st; Camping & RV’s Welcome Friday May 1st onsite at the gun club.There is also camping available at Buena Vista Lake which is adjacent to the Kern County Gun Club. Round’s available Friday for $35.00 per round.Tri-tip BBQ will be held on Friday night. Potluck style dinner. Bring your favored side dish.BYOB Saturday May 2nd; 6:00 AM Breakfast Burrito & Coffee7:00 AM RegistrationA Raffle will be held after the shoot that offers many great prizes such as multiple Firearms, a Chainsaw, and more!Post shoot BBQ Lunch Registration Information Online team registration is $500 which ends on April 12th. Following your online registration and payment you will receive an email with a “Team Profile” to be completed. The information you provide with the profile is important information for the event team to better serve you.This event is limited to a maximum of 45 teams.If there are less than 45 teams registered the day of the event there will be onsite registration for $600 Online Team & Sponsor registration at Sticker11 product Donations11 product Uncategorized22 products Apparel5555 products Hoodies11 product Jackets77 products Men's T-shirts1313 products Toddler11 product USHA Hats1313 products Women's Shirts44 products USHA Gifts4848 products Membership44 products Lifetime Associate11 product Lifetime Regular11 product Merchandise5252 products Calendar33 products USHA Fundraising Event22 products Like this:Like Loading... [...]
U.S. Hotshots Association U.S. Hotshots Association and the “Wildland Firefighter Foundation’s main focus is to help families of firefighters killed in the line of duty and to assist injured firefighters and their families. We honor and acknowledge past, present, and future members of the wildland firefighting community, and partner with private and interagency organizations to bring recognition to wildland firefighters. “Please consider supporting these Firefighters who are helping your community.” This is the 1st annual Sporting Clay fundraiser sponsored by the U.S. Hotshots Association (USHA). Environmental Safety Solutions (ESS) is dedicated to supporting this fundraiser and is unified with the USHA. This event will be held at Kern County Gun Club on April 20, 2019. Please join us in the success of this year’s event. Stand Sponsor $150Station Signage posted at one of the stands.DONATE HERE Silver Sponsor $600Signage posted at multiple site locations, Advertisement including website, newsletter, and social media.DONATE HERE Gold Sponsor $1,000Large signage posted at multiple site locations, Advertisement including website, newsletter, and social media.DONATE HERE Platinum Sponsor $5000Platinum sponsor will be entered into a 1 in 5 chance to win a premium gun valued at $2000. Advertising including website, newsletter, social media, continuous recognition throughout the event, and signage at the event. DONATE HERE Supporter, Enter Dollar Amount or Item(s) Donate any amount.DONATE HERE All proceeds from this fundraiser will go directly to support the missions of the US Hotshots Association (USHA) and the Wildland Firefighter Foundation (WFF). Our USHA Non-Profit Tax ID # for your charitable donation is available upon request. Additional information will be in the email receipt. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT Like this:Like Loading... [...]
Proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to support the missions of the US Hotshots Association (USHA) and the Wildland Firefighter Foundation (WFF). 2019 USHA Clay Shoot WHEN: April 19th and 20th, 2019 LOCATION: Kern County Gun Club 12450 Shotgun Rd Bakersfield, CA 93311 Registration is online only. This event is limited to a maximum of 60 teams. Allow for the appropriate time after you’ve registered to receive your confirmation email. Be sure to check your “Spam/Junk E-mail” accounts if you haven’t received the confirmation.This email will include a link to the “Team Profile” form that must be completed and submitted by March 25, 2019. Team Registration Information: Early bird registration no later than March 25th 2019 (After March 25 it’s $600)– Includes 5 Shooters + Lunch– Registration fee is $500 Register Click here to register online Sponsored Team Registration: – Includes the above plus Stand Sponsor status with signage. Register no later than March 25th 2019 and Sponsor’s name. (After March 25th it’s $750).Sponsored Team Registration Fee is: $650 Click here to register online Would you like to champion the fundraiser? If your agency, place of business or as an individual are interested please visit our Champion Fundraising Support Page by –> CLICKING HERE <– Barbecue lunch for non-team members:In many cases there are family and friends not participating in the clay shoot so this covers their meal. We offer this $25 meal ticket. Click here to buy lunch only For additional information: Text or call Dan Kleinman 661-303-5089 Did we mention raffle!!Raffle will be held on Saturday after the shoot. The raffle offers great prizes such as multiple firearms, chainsaw, and more! Come Join Us!Camping & RV’s Welcome Friday April 19th Onsite. There is also camping available at Buena Vista Lake which is adjacent to the Kern County Gun Club. Practice Round’s available Friday for $35.00 per round.Tri-tip BBQ will be held on Friday night. Potluck style dinner. Bring your favored side dish.BYOB Saturday 6:00 AM Breakfast Burrito & Coffee 7:00 AM Registration Post shoot BBQ Lunch THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT Like this:Like Loading... [...]
Evan Adsit, A close friend of the Folsom Lake Veterans Crew Overhead has recently been diagnosed with Cancer at age 38 and is undergoing chemotherapy in the Boise area as of last Saturday. He could use some help via donations to a GoFundMe website(posted below) and most importantly through some positive thoughts. Evan is currently an Alaska Smokejumper, a former Midnight Sun Hotshot, and served as detailed Overhead on the Vegas Valley Veterans Crew, helping to provide support and leadership during the early years of their Veterans program. Evan Adsit As you know our line of work is not a glamorous one, nor is it terribly lucrative by comparison, but I do believe it lends itself to generosity and care for one another, especially care for our own. What separates us from the rest, beyond the smoke, the hard work, and the grit, is a bond that is forged on the fireline. There is no greater payment I have ever received in this job than the overwhelming sense of pride earned from being able to support those in need whom we have shared these working and life experiences with. Evan Adsit is one of us, and I humbly ask for your generosity now, no matter how small. Feel free to throw an FLVC by your name on GoFundMe if you’d like. Also please feel free to share this on social media. Here is a bit more about Evan and the amazing human he is: Someone asked me during our College years, “What is Evan Adsit like?” I answered without hesitation, “He is the person I respect most.” Evan has been an incredible friend, mentor, and adventurer. The list of his experiences is long and noble. He was a catcher and captain on our baseball team at Skidmore College. He has served as a fireman with the Midnight Sun Hotshots and as a Smokejumper. He has traveled the world providing humanitarian relief to those in need; even performing small operations on people and animals (not at the same time). He has flown airplanes, climbed some of the worlds highest mountains, delivered baby horses (or whatever they’re called) and lambs, worked as a salmon fisherman, tapped maple trees in Vermont, attained his skydivers license, built houses from scratch, felled enormous timber across the western U.S., once beat a Masai Warrior in a wrestling match (which probably made things awkward in the tribe for a while), scuba dove for sea cucumbers off the Alaskan coastline, worked for a veterinarians office, is a hunter-poet, is currently a passionate but questionable musician, served as the reverend at my wedding, and has an affinity for bad oysters. And, oh yeah, after twenty years of close friendship and many shared experiences and adventures, he is still the person I respect most. Evan has never been defined by the things he has accomplished, but by the amazing, compassionate, and generous human being that he is, and that’s why I am asking for your help. To all those I have crossed paths with over the years and who trust my judgment (or not), THIS ONE IS A KEEPER. I humbly ask for your help and support for our friend and brother Evan. Thank you. Like this:Like Loading... [...]

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