Each coloring sheet is created from a real photograph. This photograph was taken by an awesome wildland firefighter and photographer named Jake Lang, who works on the Wyoming Hotshot Crew. It’s a great photo that shows the type of work that wildland firefighters do when they aren’t out in the field or working on a fireline.
We hope you enjoyed coloring your sheet. How does it compare to the photo above? Does the photo make you think differently about the picture? Did you use different colors? We can’t wait to see everyone’s finished coloring, so be sure to share below or on social media (with your parent’s permission, of course)!
Hotshot crews are 20-person hand crews that respond to wildland fires all over the United States of America. There are different positions on hotshot crews and everyone plays an important role. One of those roles is “sawyer,” which is a person who professionally runs a chainsaw. Sawyers work with another person called a “swamper” who pulls and moves the branches and other material that the sawyer cuts. Together they form a saw team – and usually there are up to four saw teams on every hotshot crew.
After every fire assignment or day working out in the field, the saw teams are responsible for maintaining the chainsaws. This includes cleaning and repairing the saws, sharpening the chains, and making sure they are ready for the next day. This picture shows several chainsaws that have been taken apart for cleaning and repairs. The sawyers and swampers pay close attention to detail and are very good at their jobs!
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