Laguna Hotshot Camp Weather

Thursday, May 26, 2016


The crew has complete their 80 hours of critical training and is available for assignment.

The crew did 40 hours of classroom refresher training reviewing; Wildland Firefighter Well Being, Hazard Trees, Extreme Fire Behavior, Entrapment Avoidance, Fatality Fires, Fire Shelters, Leadership.

Part of the crews training is Team Building Exercises to work on Crew Cohesiveness.  This helps the crew with communications, trust and fun...

After the classroom training was completed the crew did 40 hours of Field Training consisting of Line Construction, Spot Fire Drills, Fire Shelter Deployments and Medical Extraction.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

2016 Temporary Hiring Update

The Laguna Hotshots have completed their 2016 temporary hiring.  After engine transfers and Apprentice placements, the crew had only one temporary vacancy.    Thanks to those who applied and showed their interest in being assigned to the Laguna Hotshots. There was a lot of quality applicants and our decision was not an easy one.

2016 Crew Roster

Crew Start date is May 15th @0730.

2016 Crew Roster

Jim Huston

Steve Vigil
Chris Talbot

Danny Naylor
Maria Mulholland~Coyne

 Jesse Vasquez
David Rodriguez
Erin Ringer
Cris Machado (Detailed-Lassen IHC)
 Angel Preciado 

Johnathan Polansky
Raul Ramos
Caleb Maxwell

Luis Ramirez
Art Damasco
Felipe Marquez 
 Josh Wilkins 
Ryan Veenstra
Garrett Craighead
Adam Greenberg
Jeff Mendoza

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Congatulations to Senior Firefighter Jesse Vasquez

Announcing a New Firefighter Jesselle Rose Vasquez, weighing in at 8 lbs. 9oz.  with overall length of 21 inches, on this Thursday January 21, 2016 at 05:26 am reported for duty.

Outfitted with the latest in equipment: bright red coloring, hi-lo siren, small water capacity, self-priming, removable salvage cover, lug sole booties, green & yellow fire-resistant sleepers, wide filler, empty tank warning, small fuel consumption, and automatic gas release.

Duties will be limited in nature at La Mesa, Ca., Jesse and Noelle Vasquez state “all specifications were exceeded beyond planning”.

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Temporary Wildland Firefighter Job Announcements

Here is the job announcements for temporary (Seasonal) positions on the Cleveland National Forest.
Unless specified below, you must select what location you want to work in the application.  See map, for Descanso Ranger District select ALPINE, for the Palomar Ranger District select RAMONA.

NEW: The Trabuco R.D. is using a general “Suppression” announcement for its GS-4 Engine and Hot Shot positions, i.e., individuals applying for either of those position types for the Trabuco R.D. must use the same announcement, there is not a “Corona” location available in the separate “GS-4 Engine” and “GS-4 Hot Shot” announcements.

*IMPORTANT: The application process will only be open from January 11th to January 15th, 2016.  That's only 5 days to apply.

Job Announcements are now Linked to the On-line Application

ANNOUNCEMENT#                          TEMP POSITION TITLE

16-TEMP-R5-0462-3FAID-DT                GS-0462-03-Forestry Aid (Fire Suppression)
16-TEMP-R5-0462-4FIRE-DT     GS-0462-04-Forestry Tech (Fire Suppression) *Corona, Ca- ONLY
16-TEMP-R5-0462-4FTE-DT                 GS-0462-04-Forestry Tech (Fire Engine Operator)
16-TEMP-R5-0462-4FTHH-DT               GS-0462-04-Forestry Tech (Hotshot/Handcrew)
16-TEMP-R5-0462-4LOOK-DT              GS-0462-04-Forestry Tech (Lookout)
16-TEMP-R5-0462-4FTH-DT                 GS-0462-04-Forestry Tech (Helitack) *Ramona, Ca- ONLY

16-TEMP-R5-0462-4FDSP-DT               GS-0462-04-Forestry Tech (Fire Dispatch) * El Cajon, CA- ONLY

16-TEMP-R5-0462-5FTFD-DT               GS-0462-05-Forestry Tech (Fire Dispatcher) * El Cajon, CA- ONLY

Wildland Firefighter Foundation Fundraiser

There will be a local fundraiser and firefighter appreciation night on Jan. 19th to raise money for the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, the community wanted to show appreciation to local firefighters, they plan to make this an annual event.  It will be hosted by Alpine Beer Company, at the restaurant location next to Barron’s in Alpine (1347 Tavern Rd Alpine, CA), on Jan. 19. Starting at 4pm and going until close. The head brewer collaborated with the brewers at BNS brewery and made a beer called Firefighter Friend and the proceeds from that and other raffles will go to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation. The event is for all fire depts.  in San Diego county, Wildland and City, so please pass the message on.  Any purchases made for food and drink by firefighters that night will be 25% off entire bill.  

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Knott's Berry Farm Firefighters Tribute

Fire and Law Tribute Days

Free Admission For First Responders + One Guest!

As a thank you to all fire and police personnel in our community, Knott’s Berry Farm will offer free theme park admission for fire and law personnel and one guest from November 30 through January 31, 2016,. From November 30, 2015 through January 3, 2016 up to six additional tickets can be purchased for only $30 each. January 4 - 31 up to six additional tickets can be purchased for only $25 each. Fire or law enforcement ID is required.

To participate, active fire and police personnel must present valid, photo fire or law enforcement ID at Knott’s Main Gate November 30 through January 31, 2016. Fire or police personnel absolutely must be present. Fire and law enforcement badges and identification cards are acceptable only if accompanied by photo ID. As all IDs must reference specific fire or law enforcement agencies, government-only IDs will not be accepted. 

Under promotional rules, Knott’s will admit sworn officers, civilian employees and support staff from all city and county fire and law enforcement organizations, plus the following: California Highway Patrol (CHP); County Sheriff; District Attorney; U.S. Forest Service, California Department of Forestry and other wild land fire organizations; correctional facilities (prisons); U.S. Marshals; ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms); the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); International Border Patrol; Immigration Naturalization Service (INS); Homeland Security which includes: International Border Patrol,Citizenship & Immigration, Immigration Customs Enforcement, Secret Service, FEMA,TSA; ambulance company EMTs; and reserve or volunteer fire and law enforcement members with valid ID. Please note that only individuals with proper photo ID specifically referencing fire or law enforcement duty will be eligible for tickets. 

The following organizations are not covered by the promotion: retired fire and law enforcement employees; U.S. Armed Forces, including all U.S. veterans; private law firms; reserve or volunteer fire and law enforcement members without valid ID; American Red Cross; California Conservation Corps.; private security firms; and all employees with government-only IDs or without specific fire or law enforcement IDs.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Crew is done for the winter

The crew has completed their 2015 Fire Season.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

49 Years Ago Today

Never Forget
El Cariso Hotshots

Loop Fire, Angeles National Forest 
12 lives lost
US Forest Service

Kenneth Barnhill, 19
Raymond Chee, 23
Frederick Danner, 18 (died sometime after 11/24)
John P Figlo, 18
Joel A Hill, 19
Daniel J Moore, 21
James A Moreland, 22
Carl J Shilcutt, 26 (died 11/6)
John D Verdugo, 19
William J Waller, 21
Michael R. White, 20
Stephen White, 18

On November 1, 1966, the El Cariso Hotshots, a U.S. Forest Service Interregional Wildland Firefighting Crew, was trapped by flames as they worked on a steep hillside in Pacioma Canyon on the Angeles National Forest. An unanticipated upslope wind came up in afternoon and a spot fire was fanned and funnled up the steep canyon. The crew was cutting handline downhill and part of the crew was unable to reach safety in the few seconds they had. Ten members of the crew died on the Loop Fire that day. Another two members died from burn injuries in the following days. Most of the 19 El Cariso crew members who survived were critically burned and remained hospitalized for some time. The Downhill Indirect Checklist, improved firefighting equipment and better fire behavior training resulted, in part, from lives lost on this fire.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Never Forget 10/26/2006

Capt. Mark Loutzenhiser, 43
 FEO Jess McLean, 27
 AFEO Jason McKay, 27
 F/F Pablo Cerda, 23 
F/F Daniel Hoover-Najera, 20