Who We Are

The newly-formed U.S. HOTSHOTS ASSOCIATION is an organization created with a specific mission: to support, promote, and preserve Hotshot Crews and Hotshot Crewmembers, both current and former. Dedicated to preserving the rich history of the US Hotshot program, committed to mentorship, and intended to support both special and dire needs, the USHA has also formed with an intent to directly influence innovation and advancement across the pillars of Wildland Fire: Safety, Suppression, and Management.

Originally conceptualized by a group of former Superintendents with deep roots in making the nationwide Hotshot program what it is today, the U.S. HOTSHOTS ASSOCIATION is open for membership: current and former Hotshots, Fire Managers (both former Hotshots and otherwise), Friends and Family, Media, inquisitive laypersons — in short, any individual interested in learning, promoting, and supporting Hotshots through the stated Mission of the USHA and its elected Board Members.


2016 Reunion

Our Mission

The US HOTSHOTS ASSOCIATION strives to honor all Hotshots and Hotshot Crews, past and present, with a Preserving the Past, Paying it Forward ethos. We are founded around three pillars of priority: to provide support to Hotshots and Hotshot Families in need; to celebrate, preserve, promote and protect Hotshot culture, history, and lore; and to lend leadership and expertise to innovative projects that seek to improve and expand the application and abilities of Hotshots and Hotshot Crews in the areas of leadership, tactics, techniques, equipment, and otherwise.

Here is how the U.S. Hotshots Association will impact the Hotshot community:

Respond to Special and Dire Needs
The USHA Mission includes a commitment to direct response and support of Hotshots and/or Hotshot family members in times of need: matters of medical health, injury, or death of a current or former Hotshot. This component of the Mission will also be realized through allocations to charitable or civic organizations that align with the USHA’s Mission and Vision.
Collect and Preserve Hotshot History
The Hotshot program is approaching 70 years since inception, and Hotshot history, already rich and complex, continues to grow. Today’s event is tomorrow’s learning opportunity; the slides from the next fire help decision making on the fire a decade from now. The USHA, as one of its three pillars, has undertaken a commitment to preserving, collecting, clarifying, and sharing Hotshot history—the experiences, learning moments, and agency policies and politics that have made the program what it is today, all of which continue to evolve and will inform the Hotshot program of future decades.
Innovate and Advance the Hotshot Skill Set
 Promoting discussion and information exchange, offering mentorship to interested IHCs and their Overhead, and providing a pool of Subject Matter Experts available for reviews or investigations (accident and otherwise) make up the primary components of our commitment to Innovation and advancement of the Hotshot Skill set. We seek to achieve these goals by providing mentorship through accessibility and organization; by speaking on current and past Safety and suppression issues and the influence of agency regulations and policies; and by providing leadership through conducting reunions which will include engaging presentations, panels, training, and information sessions. Additionally, the USHA will communicate and collaborate with other relevant organizations.

You are invited to the 2017 Hotshot Reunion!

Photos from the 2016 reunion in San Diego, CA.

Attend the 2017 U.S. Hotshot Reunion:

First of all we need to thank Dave Provencio for all of his effort and time in getting the logistics of our 2017 reunion ready to roll!  That said it’s time to get signed up for the 2017 IHC reunion!  This year’s reunion will be in Reno, NV on March 24th and 25th.  As we have done before, there will be an evening icebreaker on Friday the 24th, with the U.S. Hotshot Association Meeting taking place on Saturday the 25th.  This year we have arranged for a group meal to be served buffet style on Saturday evening at the Great Basin Brewing Company which is in Victorian Square directly adjacent to the Nugget.  No driving required.  All wildland firefighters are welcome to attend.


Location: The Nugget Casino Resort; (It’s the twin towers on I-80 in Sparks just east of downtown Reno)  1100 Nugget Ave  Sparks, NV  89431

Dates: 03/24-25/2017

Cost: $69.00 per room for the motel and $25.00 per person for the Saturday Buffet (see menu here).

How to reserve a room: Call: 1.800.648.1177 direct and use Group Code: GUSHSAR to get our rate.  Or click here to reserve online: http://bookings.ihotelier.com/bookings.jsp?groupID=1728549&hotelID=96145

Who’s Invited: All wildland firefighters!

Time frames: We do need everyone who is planning to attend to get their call into the Nugget as soon as possible.  Our meeting room and the costs associated with it as well as the location of the icebreaker are to be determined by the number of rooms we have booked by given dates so we very much appreciate your cooperation by booking as soon as possible!

That said it’s time to get signed up for the 2017 IHC reunion!

Saturday Group Dinner: If you’re planning to join us at the Saturday meal, email Kurt La Rue at oldexsupt@msn.com with your name and how many will be in your party.  While cash payment will be collected Saturday at the Association Business Meeting we do need you to let Kurt know you’re coming so we can get good numbers to the Great Basin Brewing folks.


Friday Evening Icebreaker: The Friday evening icebreaker (one of our best attended and favorite events) will be at the Nugget Casino.  The exact location will be determined later when we see how many folks are showing up.  We’ll get back to everyone with specific information prior to the 24th; plan on attending! No business or agenda is planned for this get-together, it’s just a chance to meet and greet everyone as they arrive in town.

Saturday US Hotshot Association Meeting Agenda: The formal business meeting of the U.S. Hotshots Association will be held Saturday morning of the reunion.  As you can read on this site, the U.S. Hotshots Association is a new organization and we have much to get done.  Look the site over and see if you wish to step up and lend a hand on any of the posted projects. The specific agenda for Saturday is currently a work in progress.  A couple of the items our association is currently working on how include:

  • How we can help or fellow IHC personnel in need.
  • A mentoring program between some of our older Supts and younger Supts.
  • The nuts and bolts of what we want the association to look like in the future.

This meeting will be open to all who wish to attend. Both members and non-members are welcome to come and hear what we are about.  More information on these and other projects the U.S. Hotshots are working on can be found on this website.  We would appreciate everyone showing up and helping us get our IHC association off to a great start.

Saturday Group Dinner: If you’re planning to join us at the Saturday meal, email Kurt La Rue at oldexsupt@msn.com with your name and how many will be in your party.  Payment will be at the door Saturday evening. Families are welcome.


Please note: At this time most of the officers and directors of our organization are older, retired superintendents.  We are looking for younger leaders who are interested in working with us and taking our association into the future.  Come on in Saturday and see if that can be you. Be sure to monitor our News and Events page for reunion updates.

Interested in attending?  Let us know by providing your contact information below.  Make sure to also set your reservations with the hotel!


USHA Endorsed Fundraisers

Another avenue for USHA support comes through our endorsement of qualifying private fundraising and crowdfunding accounts such as GoFundMe and YouCaring. With the widespread use of social media we can now reach out to an ever-increasing number of people worldwide, and make these situations known to the greater Hotshot community. Campaigns meeting our support criteria can request to have a link to their fundraising initiative posted on our USHA web page, which will include a notification sent out to those on our mailing list. Contributions to any given USHA-endorsed fundraising campaign are completely at the discretion of any individual on our mailing list and wider network. The U.S. Hotshot Association collects no percentage of the monies raised, and there is no fee USHA fee for this opportunity to spread the commo to our fellow Hotshots, who may be able and energized to support others. Check back here, or monitor our New and Events page, for currently endorsed campaigns.

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