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Alpine Hotshots To Celebrate 30th Anniversary

Rocky Mountain National Park

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The Alpine Interagency Hotshot Crew, based in Rocky Mountain National Park, is celebrating its 30th anniversary and will be holding a reunion in November.

In 1981, the National Park Service decided to organize several wildland fire suppression crews (later to be referred to as “hotshots”). At the time, the NPS largely depended on loosely organized local crews or other agencies to respond to fires on their lands. The agency decided that they needed to have their own fire crews to develop the expertise for fire response.

Three crews were established – the Alpine Hotshots, based at Rocky Mountain NP, the Arrowhead Hotshots, based at Sequoia and Kings Canyon NPs, and the now-disbanded Bison Hotshots, based at Yellowstone NP. For more information on the Arrowheads and on the history of these teams, click on this link.

The Alpine Hotshot reunion will be held on November 11th and 12th in Estes Park and will include an informal gathering, a National Park Service hotshot crew history review, a dinner, and a question-and-answer/lessons learned segment. 

The two-day event begins on Friday, November 11th, at an Estes Park restaurant. The objective of that event will be to raise funds for the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, whose main focus is to help families of firefighters killed in the line of duty and to assist injured firefighters and their families. On Saturday, November 12th, the event will be held at the YMCA of the Rockies.

The primary intent of the 30-year reunion is to reunite with current and former colleagues,

to interview a panel of past and present Alpine IHC superintendents, to create an open forum for operational leadership discourse and information exchange, and to capture historically significant events and lessons learned throughout the past 30 years of interagency fire suppression and incident management.

Reunion organizers have designed the event as a workshop where crew members

and crew leaders, past and present, not only interact face to face, but where lessons learned can be recorded by a videographer and utilized, indefinitely, as invaluable tools intrinsic to fire line leadership and fire management, as well as to IHC crew training development, recruitment, and retention.

The official Alpine IHC 30-year reunion website is:

For specific questions about the reunion please contact Mike Perryman, lead/senior crewmember, Alpine Interagency Hotshots, by email at, or by phone 913-709-6215.

For more photos of the Alpine Hotshots, click on the “More Information” link below.


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