Virginia Tech

Wildland Fire Crew


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We are a student organization whose members have completed training and certification to fight wildfires. We go on calls with the Virginia Department of Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service within Virginia and beyond.

If you're interested in joining us, sample FOR 2514, Wildland Fire Ecology and Management, the class in which you can receive training and get your "red card." This class is offered both spring and fall semesters in the Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation Department of Virginia Tech's College of Natural Resources and Environment.

Current Officers:

Fire Management Officer (President): Brittany Mays

Assistant Fire Management Officer (Vice President): Devin Griles

Finance/Administration (Secretary/Treasurer): David Passauer

Fire Information Officer (PR Manager): James (J.E.B.) Stuart VI

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Shep Zedaker, Professor of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation

Initial Attack Squad Signup Calendar

Form Letters for Permission to Miss Class to Fight Fires

VT Fire Crew Constitution

Standard Procedures

Equipment We Use

Our Fundraiser with Food Lion

Hot Links

Employment Forms and Refresher Materials

Photo Galleries:

Maintenance and Review at the IFO Shop, Sept. 2010

Irish Mountain Fire, Apr. 17-19, 2009

Gatewood Fire, Nov. 4, 2007

Fighting a Wildfire in Roanoke County, March 2007

Prescribed Burn on the Fishburn Forest, Nov. 2006



Outstanding Club Member for 2011 - DAVID PASSAUER

David Passauer has been a member of the Va. Tech Wildland Fire Crew for the past four years. Over these few years, David has shown commitment to the crew by responding to fires, helping clean tools, and now serves as our Treasurer. David is an asset to the crew and needs to be recognized for all his behind-the-scenes work, which often goes unrecognized. Thank you, David!