The Smokey Generation began by collecting stories from current and former Hotshots. Why? Because Bethany, the founder, was a hotshot for six seasons and those were the folks who agreed to sit down with her! Who are the hotshots? Interagency Hotshot Crews, “Hotshots” or “‘shots” for short, are diverse, 20-person Type I handcrews (teams of wildland firefighters). Hotshots are required to meet specific physical fitness standards, training requirements, and maintain consistent operational parameters. Hotshot crews are used primarily as initial and extended attack national resources and travel throughout the country completing wildland fire suppression activities under a variety of conditions.
Below are a few select stories from the interviews we’ve collected so far. There are many, many more on the way (including ten hotshot interviews currently in the editing queue) and we’d encourage you to explore the full interviews listed below (also posted on the Stories by Person page). Enjoy!
Click on the boxes below to watch some of our favorite stories from the interviews collected from current and former Hotshots.
In many cases, interviewees have worked in different aspects of wildland fire management and suppression, but are included here because their interview focused on their hotshot experiences. To listen to the full interviews, click on the images below.