A primary goal of the MNICS Operations Working Team is to maintain an organized and effective Type II initial attack (IA) crew program.
We encourage MNICS agency managers and supervisors to recommend quality applicants who are suited to becoming fully qualified crew bosses (CRWB), assistant crew bosses, squad bosses (FFT1 and ICT5) and fallers (FALB).
MNICS has a comprehensive training program and crew cohesion workshop that fosters well-trained and respected high-functioning crews.
In 2016 & 2017, MNICS agencies mobilized ten IA crews throughout the U.S, and in 2018 four interagency crews were mobilized. This is an excellent opportunity for personnel to get valuable leadership and incident response skills.
Now taking applications for 2019 wildfire season
If you have questions about the program, contact the crew subcommittee member for your agency:
- Nick Abel, MN DNR Forestry, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jason Westholter, US Fish & Wildlife Service, email@example.com
- Seth Nelson, National Park Service, firstname.lastname@example.org
- BJ Gotchie, Bureau of Indian Affairs, email@example.com
- Ryan Miller, US Forest Service, firstname.lastname@example.org