The Lassen Hotshots were formed in
the summer of 1974. The crew was placed at Bogard Work Center on
the Eagle Lake Ranger District of the Lassen National Forest. Don
Wallace was named the first superintendent of the Lassen Hotshots.
Don ran the crew until 1977, at which time Joe Carvelo took over.
Due to a budget crisis in 1978, the crew, along with numerous
others, was shut down. This was known as “Black Friday” in the
hotshot world. Due to a very active fire season in 1979, and the
lack of appropriate resources to deal with the many fires, the
decision was made to bring back several of the disbanded crews.
So in April of 1980, the Lassen Hotshots
came back to life under the leadership of Jim “Jaime” Jimenez. Lassen
was one of the first crews to travel to Alaska in the 1980’s, and along
with the El Dorado Hotshots, the first to fight fire internationally in
Canada. Also, Lassen has hosted numerous international firefighters
from Chile, India and Australia.
For twenty-two years Jaime served as the
Lassen Hotshot Superintendent, training captains, squad leaders, and
countless crewmembers. Many of these hotshots returned to honor Jaime
in the spring of 2003, along with friends, family and several other
hotshot superintendents for his retirement party. Throughout his long
and prolific career Jaime exemplified the hotshot work ethic of never
quitting, always challenging himself and those around him, and by
putting honesty, duty and integrity above all else.
In that tradition, John Bristow was
chosen as the next superintendent prior to the 2003 fire season. John
service as superintendent lasted until the spring of 2007 when detailing
to the Fire Management Officer position for the Almanor Ranger District,
and going on to accept the position in the spring of 2008.
With the spring of 2009, we find
ourselves excited to welcome Fred Brewster as the new Superintendent to
carry the Lassen Hotshot tradition into the future.
Hotshots are proud to be a part of the California Hotshot community. We
continually strive for excellence and to uphold our interagency hotshot
Don Wallace –1974 to 1977
Joe Carvelho – 1977 to 1978
Jim Jimenez – 1980 to 2002 (retired in place)
Stan Kubota – 1997 (detailed)
John Bristow – 2003 to 2006
Mike Sherman - 2007 (detailed)
Allen Schultze - 2008 (detail)
Fred Brewster - 2009 to Present
Former crew captains include: Joe Carvelho, Scott Vail, Rick Addy, Rod Vineyard, Tommy Tucker, Dave Sandbrook, Bob Edwards, George Schwerian,
Bill Walker, Rocky Tow, Larry Vogan, Dave Ramirez, Kelley Jones, Bob Richardson, Paul Johnson, John Bristow, Chuck Lewis, Mike Sherman, Robert Moreno,
Chuck Lewis, Mike Sherman, Allen Schultze, Mike Klimek, Kyle Betty.
Supt. 9: Fred Brewster -firstname.lastname@example.org
Captain 9-1: Kyle Betty -
Captain 9-2: Allen Schultze - email@example.com
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