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Smokey bear hotshot crew member with saw standing in front of a fire

About the Hotshots


The Smokey Bear Hotshots are an elite Type 1 firefighting crew formed in 1976 who travels all over the US to fight fires and assist with a number of other natural disasters. They are based out of Ruidoso, NM in the heart of the Sacramento and Capitan Mountains. They are named after the iconic Smokey Bear, who was found in 1950 during the Capitan Fire on the Lincoln National Forest by a crew of firefighters. He was nursed back to health and became the living symbol of fire prevention. 

The Smokey Bear Hotshots live by the principals of integrity, duty, respect, and physical and moral courage. 

The 2019 Smokey Bear Hotshots Conducting a prescribed burn on the Lincoln National Forest Posing for a picture with a stunning sunset Fighting a fire in tall and dense saltcedar. Mass movement of fire vehicles on the Little Bear Fire Damage from hurricane Katrina The hotshots holding the line. Hotshots training to use a cross-cut saw.


Prepping for Fire Season:  1st Aid and Rescue Training

There's a great deal of preparation that goes into each season for a hotshot crew, including 1st aid - rescue - chainsaw - crosscut saw - and all types of other fire-related elements.  The photos to the left show the crew getting a refresher on 1st aid including how to properly load up an injured person onto a stretcher.
1st Aid Training, spring 2016 1st Aid Training, spring 2016