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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Sad Loss to the wildland Fire Community

On Sunday November 27th, recently retired Sierra Hotshot Superintendent Kenny Jordan passed away from a massive heart attack.  Kenny mentored many of us in the Hotshot community and outside as well.  He will be truly missed.  Condolences to his family.


Life Ken Jordan – The Passing Of A Mentor Larger Than
Posted by: Gina Clugston November 28, 2016 - 8:27 pm


COARSEGOLD — Friends, family, countless coworkers and the hundreds of young people whose life he touched, are mourning the loss of Ken Jordan.

Ken passed away on Sunday, Nov. 27, while cutting wood at his daughter’s house in Coarsegold. He reportedly collapsed and could not be revived. He was surrounded by his family at the time of his death.

Ken spent 40 years working in fire. Thirty-one of those years spent in the Hotshots, one on a Helishot crew and the rest on engines, including Cal Fire.

He started his firefighting career in 1976 with El Cariso Hotshots, and retired on Jan. 30, 2014, from what he said was his “dream position” as the Superintendent of the Sierra Hotshots.

But while firefighting was what he did to take care of his family, longtime friend Jacob Tallmon says that’s just what he did so he could afford his true calling — mentoring the young people who were the biggest part of his life.

For over 20 years, Ken was absolutely dedicated to the youth of Oakhurst and Coarsegold, says Jacob, always heavily involved in the youth group at the Sierra Pines Church.

“He will be remembered by many as a father and grandfather figure throughout the world,” says Jacob. “He had a knack for teaching boys what it took to be a man, and for letting girls who had no father figure know that they are special.”

Jacob says Ken was the leader when he himself was part of the youth group, and that the two spent many years together working in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco doing homeless outreach.

Ken had recently returned from an international mission the Philippines, where he worked with Project Life Subic, helping to get young prostitutes off the street, get them healthy and into school, says Jacob.

When he wasn’t traveling to do mission work, Ken was always involved with the local kids.

“He used to do ‘soup night.’ The soup was whatever wild game he killed, and some homemade bread.”

Ken was an avid outdoorsman, a former trapper by trade, who spent many years hunting just to feed his family.

“He was the toughest man I ever met,” says Jacob. “He survived a helicopter wreck, got burned-over once in a fire, and survived a mountain lion attack where he killed the lion.

“I remember running a marathon with him in 1999, and I was really out of shape. Then I find out he had a broken foot.”

Ken raised his three daughters as a single father, says Jacob, and they were his world.

“One of his biggest prides in life was that all of them found a good husband.”
Ken met his wife Charlotte on the fireline several years ago, and they were soon married.

“He just walked into church one day and introduced me to his wife,” says Jacob. “I didn’t even know he’d gotten married. He just didn’t see the need to tell everybody. That’s just the way he was.”

Charlotte is often away as she is a high-ranking official with the U.S. Forest Service, and the only thing that would stop Ken from being at the church youth group is if Charlotte was in town, says Jacob.

“Family is first; he’s setting an example for the young boys — this is what a man does.”

Jacob says it will be a challenge to find a venue large enough to accommodate all those who will want to honor and share stories of Ken and how he has touched their lives.

“There will be kids flying in from all over,” he says. “He was a big teddy bear to the kids, and a tough-as-nails firefighter to the Hotshots. He was a friend and a mentor. He lived so many lifetimes in so little time — he was just larger than life.”

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Laguna Hotshots 2016 "Hotshot of the Year"


Congratulations to David "The Machine" Rodriguez for being nominated for "Hotshot of the Year", by his Crew Mates.  A Hotshot of the Year is that Hotshot who has exceeded the crew's Core Values of Duty, Respect and Integrity.  At the end of the fire season, the crew writes in who they think should earn this honor.  In the nominations for David, crew members described him as a hard worker, first to volunteer for any task, always positive and never complains, a good teacher, a good leader and one who tends to sacrifice his personal time to assist the crew and district for coverage needs when needed.  David received a certificate and his name will be placed on a plaque in the training room.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Knott's Berry Farm Firefighter Tribute







Fire and Law Tribute Days

November 28 - December 16 and January 9 - 31
Active, full-time fire and law enforcement personnel, including EMTs, may receive free admission for themselves and 1 guest (maximum of 2 complimentary admissions will be issued.) Show your specific fire or law enforcement photo I.D. card at a Knott's Berry Farm main gate to redeem this offer. Please scroll down for a complete listing of eligible professions. 
Additional admission tickets may be purchased by the valid I.D. holder at a discounted rate. Up to 6 discounted admission tickets may be purchased for $32 each, when visiting from November 28 - December 16, or for $27 each when visiting from January 9 - 31. Discounted admission tickets are available for purchase at the Knott's ticket booths.
The following ARE ELIGIBLE, provided they have fire or law enforcement ID:
  • Emergency Medical Technicians
  • ATF Agents (Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms)
  • Bailiffs
  • California Dept. of Forestry
  • California Highway Patrol Officers
  • City, County, State and Federal Police (sworn officers and civilian employees/support staff)
  • City, County, State and Federal Fire (sworn officers and civilian employees/ support staff)
  • Correctional Officers
  • County Sheriff Officers
  • Department of the Youth Authority
  • District Attorney’s (ID referencing DAs Office – i.e. Paralegal)
  • FBI Agents
  • Homeland Security which includes:
  • INS Agents
  • International Border Patrol
  • Citizenship & Immigration
  • Immigration Customs Enforcement
  • Secret Service
  • FEMA
  • TSA
  • Police Explorers
  • Peace Officers
  • Probation Officers
  • Reserve/volunteer Fire/Law employees with valid ID
  • Sheriffs
  • U.S. Forest Service Personnel
  • U.S. Marshals
  • Wildland Firefighters

Back Home/End of Season



The crew has completed their final assignment for the 2016 Fire Season in Tennessee.  The crew had been working three different fires during this tour.  The Wolf Creek (444 acres), the Rattlesnake Hollow (129 acres) and the Holly Springs (30 acres).  This has bee one of the busiest seasons for the crew in awhile and the crew earned over 1000 hours of overtime this season.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Headed to the Southern Area GACC

The crew is headed to Georgia for support to the Southern Area GACC.  This assignment will be the last for the crew 2016 season!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Back Home

The crew is back home and available from the Sacata Fire.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

CA-SNF-Sacata Fire

The crew has been ordered up for the Sacata Fire on the Sierra National Forest.

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5060/

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Back Home

Crew is back home from the Vallecito Fire.  The fire was contained at 200 acres.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

CA-MCP-Vallecito

Crew is assigned to the Valecito Fire on Camp Pendleton.

CA-MCP-Vallecito

Crew is assigned to the Valecito Fire on Camp Pendleton.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

CA-CNF-Harrison

Crew was on a 6 acre fire near Cuyamaca State park.  Crew is back home available.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Crew is back home

THe crew has returned from the Soberanes Fire on the Los Padre's National Forest.  The crew will be on R&R and returning to work on Sunday.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Crew has been reassigned to the CA-BEU-Soberanes Fire

The crew has be assigned for round 3 of the Soberanes Fire on the Los Padres National Forest in Big Sur, CA.  The fire is currently 93,245 acres and 60% contained.

Soberanes Fire Information