As with most things, the Minnesota Incident Command System (MNICS) owes its existence to the efforts of many. However, if there is a ‘founding father’ of MNICS, Carson is one who made a significant and lasting contribution to the organization. He was a rare individual and a true icon of the Minnesota DNR-Division of Forestry’s wildfire suppression program.
Carson was a MNICS leader from the early 1980’s until his retirement in the fall of 2002. Under his leadership, Minnesota’s wildfire program made significant improvement, including huge leaps in ground equipment; from old pumps and garden hose to our present engine and ground equipment fleet.
Not only did he and others introduce Minnesota to the incident command system (ICS) but also to our rural fire department partners. Carson was a primary force behind the creation of the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center (MIFC) and instrumental in forming the Great Lakes Forest Fire Compact (GLFFC).
Among his other accomplishments, Carson fostered the use of aircraft on Minnesota wildfires, which was rare for a state agency at the time. He was a driving force in the purchase of two CL-215 aircraft and on the leading edge of the interagency approach.
We thank Carson for his dedication, commitment and service as we are all the beneficiaries of his hard work and foresight.
Arrangements: Visitation is Thursday, March 15 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Rowe Funeral Home, 510 NW First Ave., Grand Rapids. The memorial service is Friday, March 16 at noon, Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2901 South Hwy. 169, Grand Rapids. Details are here.