Fire & Aviation

The Heart of a Firefighter

About Fire and Aviation Management

In the Southwest and across the country, fire's biological effects profoundly affect forests and grasslands. These "Fire Management" links describe prescribed fire and unwanted wildland fires. Prescribed fire is used as an important natural process in a variety of forest, brush, and prairie ecosystems. Without periodic, low-intensity fires, these ecosystems undergo rapid changes in species composition and structure that, in turn, can lead to catastrophic wildfire, or insect and disease outbreak. Unwanted, catastrophic wildfires must be fought. Aggressive fire suppression must remain an essential cornerstone of the Forest Service mission. We must maintain and strengthen our firefighting capability because of the increasing value of national forest resources and growing private development in the wildland-urban interface.


Fire Hire

The Forest Service is looking for experienced and entry level Fire Fighters for permanent positions.

Key Contacts

Fire Program Contacts

Fire Hire

Karin Frost-Madrid
Regional Work Force Planning and Training Specialist
USDA Forest Service, Region 3

333 Broadway Blvd. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Office: (505)842-3206
Fax: (505)842-3806

Southwest Engine Academy

Mat Rau
SWEA Coordinator

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