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Mission Statement

The Mission of the Tallac Hotshots is to provide a safe, professional, mobile and highly skilled hand crew for all phases of fire management and incident operations. Hard work, professionalism, high standards and unwavering commitment is the only way to maintain and build respect. This crew will always adhere to our core values which enable us to complete each mission safely and efficiently and ensure we progress both individually and as a cohesive unit to accomplish the goals and objectives set forth by the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and the Forest Service.

Crew Profile

On June 19, 2014, the Tallac Hotshots completed the extensive certification process to become the first Interagency Hotshot Crew (IHC) from Lake Tahoe. Formerly, the Tallac Hand Crew, the Tallac Hotshot Crew joins an exclusive group of roughly 2,000 firefighters in the country. The Tallac Hand Crew was established in 2001 as part of a nationwide buildup of resources for a maximum efficiency level of preparedness as direct by the National fire Plan. The original intent of the crew was to perform fuels management projects along with resource management objectives and to be availalbe for wildland fire response. The crew evolved through extensive training, recruitment, and retention of leadership to become a highly skilled 20 person crew. The crew completed the 2-day certification process, which covered all the standards for IHC operations.

Forest Organization Overview

The Tallac Hotshots are based on the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and are one of three federally funded, Forest Service 20 person, fire suppression and fuels management crews in the Tahoe Basin. There are two on call organized crews O.C 36 and O.C 37. The Lake Tahoe Basin also has four type 3 engines, four fire prevention staff, a VUFF Staff Officer, Forest Fire Management Officer (Chief 1), one Assistant Forest Fire Management Officer (Chief 2), one Fuels Battalion (Battalion Chief 42) and Fuels Division (Division 4). Everything is overseen by Forest Supervisor and Deputy Forest Supervisor. ECC Dispatch is located at Camino on the Eldorado NF.

Organizations and Qualifications


The Superintendent has administrative skills to conduct training, and sufficient fire experience to provide capable leadership. The Superintendent is responsible for the crew Program management, including certification and that the crew is available for an incident assignment. The Superintendent is responsible for overall safety and management of the crew. The Superintendent may serve as a incident commander or fill other positions as needed on fires.

Minimum qualifications are Task Force Leader (TFLD), Incident Commander Type (ICT4) and Ignition Specialist Type 2 (RX12)


The Captains assist the Superintendent in all aspects of crew management and must be qualified to supervise the crew in the absence of the superintendent. The captains could serve as incident commanders during initial attack configuration.

Their minimum qualifications are: Task Force Leader (TFLD), Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4).

Squad Leaders

Provide day to day leadership and direction for squad crewmembers. They keep the captains and superintendent informed on all aspects related to safe and effective crew operations. Squad leaders may fill the needs of IC on initial attack fires as a ICT4 or ICT5.

Minimum Qualifications are single resource boss (trainee), Crew boss (t) and ICT5.

Senior Firefighters

The Crew has 4 senior firefighter positions which may or not be filled due to Unit needs filling engine positions. The senior firefighters serve as lead crewmembers and set standards during crew operations. Typically they are experienced to perform more difficult duties, serve as a Squad leader as needed, and can perform with less supervision.

Minimum qualifications are Advanced Firefighter (FFT1), ICT5.


All crewmembers will be minimally certified as Firefighter 2 standards (NWCG) Agency requirements. Basic 32 hour firefighter training, annual firefighter refresher for level 3 Fire shelter drills, 80 hours of supplemental training, arduous pack test completion in 46 minutes or less using a 45 pound pack or vest. Crewmembers are encouraged to bring their training certificates from other forests and make copies for their personal file.

IQCS requires proof in the form of a certificate if it does not show up in the system.