Hard-working, self-sufficient wildland firefighter seeking gainful employment within an Interagency Hotshot Crew, providing myself the opportunity to expand and utilize my acquired knowledge, skills and experiences in order to better train myself and fellow team members to the best of our abilities.
Managed a crew of 5 United States veterans to conduct type two hand crew wildland fire operations. Trained and supervised crew members on chainsaw safety/maintenance, tree felling, brushing, digging line and overall fire fighting skills. Preserved order and discipline among subordinates and gave clear, concise assignments and instructions. Conducted thorough tests and inspections of gear, equipment and tools to stay ready for every type of fire. Operated Stihl 461 chainsaws for over 500 hours and felled 38 hazard trees (diameter up to 42 inches) using advanced cutting techniques. Obtained B-Sawyer Certification. Used chainsaw to cut a variety of different tree species which include, but are not limited to: Ponderosa Pine, Douglas Fir, Gamble Oak, Russian Olive, Pinion, and Juniper. Communicated in person and over radio with National Forest project partners on crew tasks and the progress of fire line construction. Maintained close contact with dispatch to receive and share information about current fires, equipment movements and incoming personnel. Hiked and scouted terrain. Collected fire weather data, mapped projects, and maintained records as well as gathering and considering information on weather data, topography, fuel types, and fire behavior in responding to wildland fire incidents. Maintained knowledge of firefighting principles and suppression methods, which enabled proper decision making in high-stress situations. Established escape routes and safety zones. Carried 60lb pack up to 8 miles through strenuous terrain with everything needed to complete the days work.
Gained considerable experience with proper use of hand tools, such as: Pulaski, McLeod, rhino, rogue hoe, combination tool, shovel, monkey paw, super p, swatter, felling axe... etc. Used hand tools to dig miles of fire line for prescribed fires in San Juan National Forest. Dug cup trench fire line on steep terrain. Gained experience performing basic fire-line activities, ie. Using chainsaws to cut fire line, lopping and scattering brush with the use of hand tools, cutting small and hazardous trees around line and patrolling line to ensure it's success. Performed duties of a fully qualified chain saw operator and chainsaw repair technician. Operated Stihl 461 and 362 chainsaws for over 650 hours and felled 30 hazard trees (diameter up to 25 inches). Cut and hauled brush to create both direct and indirect fireline. Maintained proficiency as both a sawyer and a swamper. Held high standard of physical fitness. Performed fire suppression and fuels management duties under adverse conditions of climate, fuels, and terrain. Used drip torches and fusees during firing operations. Carried 45lb pack up to 9 miles through strenuous terrain with everything needed to complete the days work. Used simple and progressive hose lays with Mark 3 and Honda pumps during prescribed burns. Performed incident response to hot portions of fire-line, operating under pressure of unpredictable, changing conditions and applied MOP techniques to already burnt areas to ensure no threat of fire returning was present.
Managed day-to-day business operations, including accounting, finance, HR, marketing and public relations. Recruited, hired and trained initial personnel, working to establish key internal functions and outline scope of positions for new organization. Managed 20 employees by supervising daily tasks. Worked 12 hour days performing laborious work in temperatures of over 100 degrees. Monitored materials inventory and requested items for restocking for each job. Safely operated chainsaws to clear construction sites, roadbeds and access roads. Used radios and hand signals to coordinate communication between equipment operators and ground workers. Enhanced team efficiency and multitasking abilities by effectively using hand tools, power tools and equipment. Gathered and disposed of work site debris to remove safety hazards and boost team productivity. Loaded and unloaded building materials weighing in excess of 50 pounds. Provided accurate measurements and estimates for all projects. Directed traffic away from hazardous locations, protecting team members and general public. Developed work schedules for overall projects and individual stages. Maintained and repaired facilities, equipment and tools to achieve operational readiness, safety and cleanliness. Determined materials needed for daily shift and loaded vehicles with equipment and supplies. Recognized and reported potential project challenges and assisted with solutions. Actively attended safety trainings and workshops, bolstering overall knowledge of appropriate measures and determining areas requiring improvement. Monitored machines during operation to detect sounds of malfunctioning or excessive vibration and adjusted machines or replaced tools to eliminate problems. Supervised labor, materials and equipment for large commercial projects with budgets in excess of $500,000. Kept sites compliant with OSHA, federal, state and local regulations to prevent unnecessary delays. Verified completed projects met approved time, quality and cost estimates. Oversaw employee attendance record, handled payroll and ordered new materials for sites. Maintained zero site accidents and lost work days for 3 years.
Led up to 30 Marines conducting daily physical training, job training, and mentorship for 3+ years. Supervised more than $10,000 in high-value equipment, maintaining zero loss record over 3 years. Operated as Quick Reaction Force team member. Taught personnel to mitigate environmental hazards and properly use personal protective equipment such as chem gear for battle scenarios. Trained over 150 multinational partners, contractors and foreign nationals to develop warfighting and defense capabilities. Hiked with excess of 100 lbs through difficult terrain for at least 6 miles bi-weekly in order to maintain physical fitness and war-time readiness. Worked in over 100 degree weather for up to 16 hours a day, carrying a full combat load. Operated chainsaws felling trees in excess of 20 inch DBH. Camped in harsh and laborious living conditions with no electricity or running water for excess of 30 days. Conducted ground reconnaissance for roads, bridges and tunnels and reported findings. Trained in use of tear gas, passive ordnance and explosives. Performed quality control by creating rosters, spreadsheets and other documentation to identify company inventory. Maintained peak physical fitness, scoring within top 3% of unit individuals running a Physical Fitness Test of 20 pull-ups, 100 crunches in 2 minutes and running 3 miles in 20:45. Responded to emergencies with speed, efficiency and knowledgeable assistance. Patrolled designated coverage areas and evaluated terrain for defensive use.
Drift Fire (November 3-4, 2020): SJF-1257 02 NP9R (0213)
Arbogas Fire (October 24-25, 2020): SJF-1231 P2 NPT0 (0213)
Needles Fire (October 9-12, 2020): SJF-1175 P2 NNA1 (0213)
Rip RX (August 14, 2020): COCFX-1692
Plumtaw Fire (June 16-17, 2020): SJF-435 P2 (0213) EKU7
East Canyon Fire (June 14-15, 2020): SJD-416 PD M6RH (1502)
Social Distance RX (March 21, 2020): COCFX-176
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