NBWFC boasts multiple members who have been deployed to the out of state, usually to the Western United States, to assist in the suppression of wildfires when regional man-power and resources become strained. Crew members who have been on assignment out west include:
- Greg Reese
- Bob Andrews
- Ryan Hunsicker
- Michael Hunsicker
- Eric Stefferud
- Kevin Strunk
- Jean Pfister
- Nate Pfister
- Penny McDonagh
- Chris Mast
- Tom Ludka
- Bradley Prater
- Jason Mirandi
- Mike Guarino
- Alex Stonefelt
- Henry Lovett
Below are some of their deployment details and photos.
In 2017, Greg Reese, Eric Stefferud, Jason Mirandi, Jean Pfister, Chris Mast, and Brad Prater all deployed to the Western US on different assignments. Crew members fought multiple fires in California, Idaho and Montana in what was the worst fire season in US history.
Stefferud in Northern California
Mirandi in Idaho & Montana
- Crew Lead Sawyer Bob Andrews joined PA1 on the two-week deployment to Alaska in June 2015. Andrews later deployed for a second time in September to assist on wildfires in the pacific northwest.
Andrews in Alaska
In the summer of 2015 Crew Superintendent Greg Reese deployed with PA crew 5 to the Pacific Northwest to help with suppression efforts during the record-breaking outbreak of wildfires in August.Crews were heavily involved in line construction, suppression and mop up.
Reese in Washington
Summer 2013 Deployments
- PA#4 was dispatched on August 7th to Lodgepole fire in Idaho, shortly after arriving they were resigned to the McCan Fire in South Central Idaho. The crew (PA#4) spiked out for 8 days and then was resigned to the Beaver Creek Complex for the rest of the assignment. Crew Boss Greg Reese went out as one of the Crew Bosses. PA#4 had a great trip, always learning new things to bring back to PA for all the other crew members and firefighters that are involved in the program.
Summer 2012 Deployments:
On Tuesday August 7, NBWFC Crew Boss Greg Reese and NBWFC Squad Boss Kevin Strunk were deployed by the DCNR to fight forest fires in California. Kevin operated as a FFT2 on PA7 and Greg operated as a CRWB (T) on PA5. While operating in California both PA5 and PA7 were reassigned to several fires. PA5 was assigned to four fires including the Piute Complex (Sequoia National Forest), Indian Fire (Inyo National Forest near Mammoth CA), Jawbone Complex (Sequoia National Forest), and lastly the Copco fire (Angels National Forest). Greg and Kevin returned from California safely on August 24, 2012.
PA6 News Article – This is a news article published by “The Pine Tree.Net” a news agency in Arnold California. Kevin Strunk made front page news.
NBWFC member Mike Hunsicker was also was deployed by the DCNR with PA1 to fight forest fires out in western US. While deployed, Mike helped contain two fires in Colorado (State Line Fire and Weber Fire) and traveled with PA 1 to Wyoming to battle a third fire. While operating out west, Mike encountered triple digit heat, 16 hour work days, many miles of walking, steep grades of 50% or better and worked consistently at around 7000′ in elevation. Mike returned safely after a 17 day deployment. Thanks for your commitment to the community and we are happy to know you are home safe.
You can read a written recollection of events from Michael in his writeup “A Western Call up“.