Still from the BLM video, “The Wild Land”. Videography by Matt Irving.

In 2021, the Bureau of Land Management’s Craig Interagency Hotshot Crew was joined for a two-week assignment by contract videographer from the Bureau of Land Management’s fire program, Matt Irving. He was able to capture the crew while assigned to incidents in California and Montana.

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Still from the BLM video, “The Wild Land”. Videography by Matt Irving.

The videography is excellent and gives the viewer a small sample of what it’s like to work on a hotshot crew. This is one of the best examples I have seen of the work that these public servants do on a regular basis. Check it out below.

It’s a great example of why federal land management agencies need to stress the importance of assigning contract photographers and videographers to capture footage of fires and the personnel who manage them. In these very difficult recruiting times, this could be a small step to encourage potential candidates. Clearly, the BLM recognizes its value. Here’s how they described the video when it was posted on their Facebook page this week:

Looking for a #FireJob? Have you ever thought about applying for one of the Bureau of Land Management’s 13 Interagency Hotshot Crews (IHCs)? If so, take a moment to watch Matt Irving’s “The Wild Land” video as he follows the Bureau of Land Management – Colorado Craig IHC and find out why they love working in The Wild Lands! #NotYourOrdinaryJob #WeAreBLMFire

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildfires for 33 years, he continues to learn and strives to be a student of fire. See all articles by Bill Gabbert


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