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.
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.
Photos from the 2016 reunion in San Diego, CA.
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. Be sure to monitor our News and Events page for the 2018 Hotshot Rendezvous updates.
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. For fundraising campaigns spearheaded for individuals (created by others), 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.
Help preserve our past and pay it forward by becoming a member today.