MIFC welcomes new wildfire aviation supervisor

Darren Neuman, DNR wildfire aviation supervisor
Darren Neuman, wildfire aviation supervisor

Darren Neuman is the new Minnesota DNR wildfire aviation supervisor. He replaces Bill Schuster and comes to the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center (MIFC) with 15 years of forestry, fire and helicopter operations experience.

“I’m excited to work with a top-notch team and to lead a program with proven success,” said Neuman, a University of Minnesota forest resources management graduate. “We will make some exciting changes and continue our valued MNICS and GLFFC partnerships along with aviation programs across the U.S. and Canada.”

Neuman’s forestry career progression began in 2001 at the DNR Grygla office. He moved to Hill City in 2006, then to Grand Rapids in 2007 for work in the Deer River forestry area. He became the Deer River assistant area forester in 2015. Darren and wife, Tiffany, live and work in Grand Rapids. They have a pair of five-year-olds, Adele and Finn.