On November 3rd, DEC welcomed back the State’s fourth team of volunteer wildland firefighters from the Divisions of Forest Protection, Lands and Forests, and Fish and Wildlife that were deployed to help battle and contain wildfires raging in western states.
The crew flew to Denver, Colorado, on October 17th for deployment from the Rocky Mountain Coordination Center and were initially assigned to the Cameron Peak fire for nighttime operations, patrol, and structure defense. Their second assignment was at the East Troublesome fire for daytime operations. The crew was reassigned to Cameron Peak due to sub-freezing temperatures and heavy snow.
The returning crew includes a DEC Forest Ranger crew boss and nine firefighters:
Scott Jackson, Forest Ranger, Crew Boss, Oswego County
Mark Brand, Forest Ranger, Ulster County
James Canevari, DEC Division of Fish and Wildlife, St. Lawrence County
Aaron Graves, DEC Division of Lands and Forest, St. Lawrence County
Tyler Kulikowski – DEC Division of Lands and Forest, Steuben County
Kramer Kwaczala – DEC Division of Lands and Forest, Albany County
Gary Miller, Forest Ranger, Hamilton County
Tyler Mitchell, Forest Ranger, Schenectady County
Joseph Nelson – DEC Division of Fish and Wildlife, Otsego County
Arthur Perryman, Forest Ranger, Warren County
Photos, from above: Commissioner Seggos (right) welcomes back the latest firefighting crew upon their return; and Wildland firefighting techniques used in Colorado over the last two weeks provided.