This fall, the College of Natural
Resources added the Wild Land Fire
Science program. With this program,
experience in firefighting is needed to
be successful and the Fire Crew has
been set up for that purpose.
The University of Wisconsin-
Stevens Point Fire Crew has a large
number of new members as well as
active federally certified members.
Weekly meetings are held in the
Trainer Natural Resource Building in
room 170 on Thursdays at 7 p.m.
Recently, meetings have had
attendance of around 60 people
although around 100 people are on
record to be members.
The Fire Crew allows students to
be as active as they want to be.
“We have some members that
just choose to come to a few meetings
to keep informed with what is new
in the world of wild land fire,” said
Joesph Salm, Fire Crew Leader. “But
the members that really get the most
out of UWSP Fire Crew are the ones
who attend the trainings, volunteer
for prescribed burning, and assist the
DNR with wildfire suppression.”
This organization can give
students experience, college credit
and also federal certification.
“We get people their basic
wildlife and federal certification.
We have a class in the spring for
around 100 bucks. That gets them
federally certified to be a wild land
fire fighter, ” said Brian Gorman,
Public Information Officer for the
UWSP Fire Crew.
Involvement with the crew can
be fast paced, allowing students the
opportunity to gain experience in a
short amount of time.“I just got involved last year
and it is a great opportunity to get
training and wild land firefighting
experience,” said Ashley Boushon,
Fire Crew member. “It was a great
attribute to have when I got on my
first fire district in Wisdom, MT this
past summer with the US Forest
Boushon was one of 11 students
who were offered fire suppression
jobs last summer, Gorman said. With
this being such a new program, it
shows how much experience matters
in this field.
“I owe it to the fire crew members
and leaders for their time and efforts,”
Boushon said. “They inspired and
assisted me to get where I am today,
and where I hope to be in the future.”
Many other universities are
starting their own fire crews and
allowing their own students to have
these same experiences.
“I think it is a great asset to any
college and really hope that other
Universities take hold to the idea,”
The UWSP Fire Crew has an
event that will take place on campus
on Oct. 10 and Oct. 24. Members
of the Forestry 224 class will be on
the sundial talking about fire and
working with equipment hands on.
The crew will also be burning on site
at Tree Haven on Oct. 19.
“Not a week goes by that I don’t
learn more about what it takes to
be a leader not only on the fire line
but also as part of a professional
organization,” Salm said.
With so many people involved,
this crew has helped many students
succeed in their field of study and
also develop team working skills.
“Besides the experience and
training, the best part of fire crew
is the camaraderie it provides,”
said Daniel Harrington, Fire Crew