Tallac Hotshot Crew History and Rosters

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2001

The Tallac Hand Crew was established in 2001 as part of a nationwide buildup of resources to establish a maximum efficiency level of preparedness as directed by the National Fire Plan. The original intent of the crew was to perform fuels management projects meeting resource management objectives and to be available for wildland fire responses.

Steve Burns was the initial Crew Superintendent of the Tallac Hand Crew. Steve initiated the program from the ground up, building the foundation for the future success of the program. Steve hired the crew, secured all the necessary supplies and workspace at the Meyers Work Center, where the crew still resides today. The crew was up and running by June 2001.  Steve remained in the superintendent position until 2003 when he moved to a Battalion Chief position, eventually becoming Chief 1 of the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. 

2004

Mike Ierien moved from captain to superintendent and led the crew for that season. Mike moved on in 2005.

2005

Steve Franke became the superintendent of the crew, coming from the Redding Smokejumpers, with Aaron Grove as the captain. 

2006

The crew moved to a two-captain system, bringing on John Chester to fill the role as the second captain. 

2008

Aaron left the crew and moved on to be an engine captain. Bill Sanders replaced him as captain. Steve Franke led the crew through the 2009 season moving on in late 2009 to lead Crew 4, the Tahoe Basin Fuels crew.

2010

Aaron Grove returned to the crew to become the new superintendent with John Chester and Bill Sanders remaining as captains. Over the next four years the crew evolved through leadership, extensive training, recruitment, hard work and dedication. 

2014

This evolution paid off, allowing the crew to complete the Type 1 crew certification process and achieving the goal of becoming the Tallac Hotshots, thus becoming the first Interagency Hotshot Crew from Lake Tahoe.

2015

Aaron Grove left the superintendent position  to become the training officer on the Plumas National Forest. Bill Sanders also left in 2015 to become a prevention officer on the Lake Tahoe Basin.

2016

Kyle Betty was hired from the Lassen Hotshots to become the new superintendent. Charlie Jones was hired into the captain position, coming from the Plumas Hotshots. The Tallac Hotshots continue to provide a valued resource by responding to fires and all risk incidents throughout the Lake Tahoe Basin and the Nation. We are proud to uphold the tradition and legacy of the hotshot community.

Superintendents

Kyle Betty 2016-Present
Aaron Grove 2009-2015
Steve Franke 2005-2008
Mike Lerien 2004
Steve Burns 2001-2003

Captains

Charlie Jones 2016-Present
John Chester 2006-Present
Bill Sanders 2008-2014
Aaron Grove 2005-2007
Mike Lerien 2003

2014

Aaron Grove (Superintendent) Bill Sanders (Captain)
John Chester (Captain) Elsa Gaule
Corey Buckley Joseph Castro
John Castenada Skylr Penna-Couttenye
Conner Higgons Dustin Acosta
Ryan Bailey Jason Kost
Casey Hoffman Jason Campbell
Sean Stevens Steve Stricklin
Tobias Morales Adrian Alcantar
Chris Robinson Thomas Schwinderman

2013

Aaron Grove (Superintendent) Bill Sanders (Captain)
John Chester (Captain) Elsa Gaule
Corey Buckley Rico Altamirona
John Castenada Skylr Penna-Couttenye
Carl Williams Brandon Rodrigues
Ryan Bailey Erica Uhor
Casey Hoffman Elliott Arnold
Matthew Meyerl Carr Rieger
Tobias Morales Adrian Alcantar
Chris Robinson Thomas Schwinderman

2012

Aaron Grove (Superintendent) Bill Sanders (Captain)
John Chester (Captain) Tony Bova
Corey Buckley Elsa Gaule
John Castenada Ben McGinnis
Carl Williams John Pool
Matthew Madrigal Sean McLaughlin
Casey Hoffman Elliot Arnold
Matthew Meyerl Carr Rieger
Tobias Morales Adrian Alcantar
Chris Robinson Thomas Schwinderman

2011

Aaron Grove (Superintendent) Bill Sanders (Captain)
John Chester (Captain) Tony Bova
Victor Froberg Corey Buckley
John Castenada Elsa Gaule
Carl Williams Sara Robinson
Michael Sacci Sean McLaughlin
Casey Hoffman Elliot Arnold
Matthew Meyerl Carr Rieger
Tobias Morales Adrian Alcantar
Chris Robinson Thomas Schwinderman

2010

Aaron Grove (Superintendent) Bill Sanders (Captain)
John Chester (Captain) Dan Roberts (left early)
Victor Froberg Corey Buckley
John Castenada Steven Chaffin
Carl Williams Sara Robison
Dan Youngblood Alicia Rutledge (left early)
Darryl Strong Elliot Arnold
Ryan Nield Carr Rieger
Marcus Lopez Mathew Adams
Eric Galloway Forest Marting
Sean McLaughlin  

2009

Aaron Grove (Superintendent) Bill Sanders (Captain)
John Chester (Captain) Steven Kirk
Casey Hoffman Steven Koller
Ryan Fitzsimmons Dan Youngblood
Elsa Gaule Matt Seyler
Edmar Villa Francisco Gonzalez
Chase Knight Jeremy Hiel
Ryan Farr Brandon Detar (left early)
Chris Adams (injury) Dave Thomas (left early)
Rayfield DeLanardo Carl Williams
Corey Buckley Sra Robison
Dan Roberts (left early)  

2008

Steve Franke (Superintendent) Bill Sanders (Captain)
John Chester (Captain) Scott Laaback (Squad)
Charlie Jones (Squad) Joey Lowe
Tony Bova Amanda Shaw
John Duke Darryl Kuehl
Edward Peregrina Tommy Brooks
Elsa Gaule Josh Codding
Casey Hoffman Daniel Youngblood
Francisco Gonzalez John Anderson
Roger Holloway Steven Kirk

2007

Steve Franke (Superintendent) Aaron Grove (Captain)
John Chester (Captain) Charlie Jones
Joey Lowe Kurt Bassett
Corey Buckley Dustin Keller
Dan Youngblood Jason Mayberry
Francisco Gonzalez Ryan Nield
John Anderson Jeremy Heil
Tommy Brooks Josh Codding
Michael Bohorquez Any Garcia
Jose Bayardo  

2006

Steve Franke (Superintendent) Aaron Grove (Captain)
John Chester (Captain) Isaac Walden
Joel Schilling Charlie Jones
Tony Bova Taylor Farrington
Ryan Lockhart Mike Keeling
Jeff Cloninger Kevin Ritter
Steve Joiner Dan Youngblood
Sean Hoover Matt Denzer
Peter Applegate Jason Mayberry
Bret Regan  

2005

Steve Franke (Superintendent) Aaron Grove (Captain)
Ted King Todd Moore
Jeremy Pedroza Alex Rodriguez
Kevin Ritter Isaac Walden
Steve Joiner Jeff Cloninger
Erica Connelly Spencer Griscom
Kurt Basset Nick Rubini
Ryan Lockhart Jesse Kravchuck
Jorge Chavarri Chris Macko
Daniel Youngblood  

2004

Mike Ierien (Superintendent) Zack Armstrong
Todd Moore Ted King
Isaac Walden Josh Petrell
Mike Rubini Ian Zollner
Chris Macko Kevin Johnson
Mara Poynter Jana Hundtofte
Jameson Kane Dan Youngblood
Alicia Reiner Jeff Cloninger
Ryan Lockhart Joey Lowe
Jose Reyes Travis Ramos

2003

Steve Burns (Superintendent) Mike Ierien (Captain)
Zach Armstrong Todd Moore
Ted King Isaac Walden
Jason Lanier Gabe Cortelyou
Joey Lowe Mike Rubini
Jeremy Pedroza Josh Petrell
Brad Collin Joel Schilling
Jose Reyes Derek Bogard
Chris Macko Dave Rodriguez
Ian Zoellner Kevin Johnson

2002

Steve Burns (Superintendent) Stacy James
Jim Dickinson Lavel Bluford
Zach Armstrong Jan Bosjen-Moller
Todd Moore Brenden Weiner
Keith Parr Stephen Arzoin
Aimee Lorincz Isaac Walden
Chris Sampas Joey Lowe
Gabe Cortelyou Matt Utt
Ted King Dave Gaudin
Mike Rubini Josh Petrell




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