Congratulations to The Inyo Interagency Hotshot Crew.

Inyo Hotshot Crew Joins Elite with Earned Status

Inyo National Forest Announces Certification of the Inyo Interagency Hotshot Crew

Hats off to our very own Inyo Hotshots—Bishop, California’s 20-man Type 1 handcrew of skilled firefighters who meet high physical fitness standards and are specially trained in wildfire suppression tactics.

After successfully completing an extensive and challenging review process on the 16th and 17th of July, the Inyo Crew has officially earned their Hotshot status.

The Inyo Hotshots join the elite ranks of first responders in cases of the most dangerous, high-priority wildfires and national emergencies warranting disaster relief.

KIBS KBOV Radio would like to congratulate our forest’s Inyo Hotshots. Although the physical and mental demands on the fireline may be far beyond our capacity to imagine, we can certainly understand that it takes strong players to build a team of cohesion, trust, and respect. We are a proud community.

Stay safe out there,

- The KIBS KBOV team

Official Press Release, below.

U.S. Forest Service

Inyo National Forest 351 Pacu Lane, Suite 200

Bishop, CA 93514

News Release

For Immediate Release

July 19, 2014

Media Contact: Deb Schweizer (760) 873-2427 Twitter: @inyoinfo

Inyo National Forest Home to Inyo Interagency Hotshot Crew

The Inyo National Forest is proud to announce the certification of the Inyo Interagency Hotshot Crew. Hotshot crews consist of 20 firefighters specifically trained in wildfire suppression tactics.

Hotshots provide initial attack response for fast-moving fires in remote regions and are trained to meet the most stringent physical requirements.

On July 16-17, 2014, a group of 20 determined firefighters from the forest, formerly referred to as Crew 3, completed a demanding and extensive certification process to become an Interagency Hotshot Crew.

The certification process included scenarios that tested their physical fitness, firefighting skills, leadership, and communication processes.

“I am proud of the work and dedication that this crew showed to become the Inyo Hotshots,” said Ed Armenta, Inyo National Forest Supervisor. “Their skills will assist with fire response throughout the Eastern Sierra as well as being part of the interagency response when they are needed for highly complex fires throughout the nation.”

The Inyo Hotshots join an exclusive group of 47 hotshot crews in California and more than 110 crews in the nation.

Within two hours of receiving orders, hotshots must be ready to travel anywhere in the country and are often flown in to steep terrain where they fight fires using only the equipment they can carry. They work extended shifts and battle the most dangerous, complex, and intense wildfires.

Hotshots also respond to all types of national emergencies including hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes and other disasters.

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Inyo National Forest Announces Certification of the Inyo Interagency Hotshot Crew

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