Perils to Wildland Firefighters

In the spring of 2004 I was heading into my fourth full season as a member of the Alpine
Interagency Hotshot Crew. The Alpine Hotshots are a twenty person wildland firefighting crew that is
sponsored by the National Park Service and has the pleasure of being based out of Rocky Mountain
National Park in Estes Park, CO. Being one of only two National Park Service Hotshot Crews allowed
Alpine the opportunity to take part in various projects and programs that sometimes evade other
Hotshot Crews sponsored by various agencies. In this particular season, Alpine and its sister crew
Arrowhead Hotshots (based out of Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park in California) had the
opportunity to be subjects for a NIOSH study looking at health effects of smoke on wildland firefighters.  Given Hotshot Crews like Arrowhead and Alpine generally spend over 100 days on the fire line per fire  season we would likely contribute useful data.  Read more.