BLM Fire/Dispatch

Lynn Barclay

Rank/position:

Fire mitigation/education specialist

Years of service:

13 years with the Bureau of Land Management

Special certifications:

Type 1 Information Officer

Why do you do what you do?

Wildland fire is an interesting field from an ecological aspect as well as its potential impact to communities and individuals. Working locally I have the opportunity to share the educational piece of wildland fire. Providing critical information during a large wildland fire and being part of a national Incident Management Team fills a vital role, and that is important to me personally. Working with great people from all agencies and municipalities is really the best part of the job.

What's something the community does not know about you?

I work with the Advocates-Crisis Support Services teen PReVENT program.

Jeannie Barton

Rank/position:

Engine crew member




Dale Beckerman

Rank/position: Fire Management Specialist

Years of service: 26

Special certifications: Type 3 Incident Commander, Prescribed Fire Burn Boss, and various other fire related qualifications.

Why do you do what you do? Because of the variety of situations, places and people I encounter and the physical requirements keep me healthy.

What's something the community does not know about you? My family and I have lived in Craig for 22 years.

Andy Bullen

Rank/position: Recently retired

Years of service: 19

Why do you do what you do:

I enjoyed it.

What doesn't the community know about you?

I enjoy cowboy action shooting.

Molly Campbell

Rank/position: Dispatcher

Years of service: 4 in Moffat County, 9 in California

Why do you do what you do?

It's a very exciting job. Extremely fast-paced at times which gets the adrenaline going. Plus, as a dispatcher, we are the main point of contact with folks in the field, so being there as support for them is very rewarding. It's just fun.

What's something the community does not know about you? Everything. I'm fairly new to Craig.

Hank Gale

Rank/position:

Engine crew member



Stacy Gray

Rank/position: Assistant center manager, Craig Interagency Dispatch Center

Years of service: 14 fire seasons

Why do you do what you do?

To support the firefighters in the field.

What's something the community does not know about you?

Probably nothing since I am a Craig native.

Dave Grettenburg

Rank/position: Engine module leader



Cathy Hutton

Rank/position: Dispatch Center Manager, Craig Interagency Dispatch Center

Years of service: 25

Why do you do what you do?

I enjoy the people and helping the folks in the field, doing my part to keep them safe and supporting them with the "tools" they need. The "fire family" is actually quite small, and I have developed friendships all across the country. The nature of the job enables me ample opportunities to work with those folks time and again, which I enjoy.

What's something the community does not know about you? I am a fourth-generation Wyomingite. My great-grandfather was born in Tie Siding, Wyo. Try and find it on the map!

Cliff Hutton

Rank/position: Assistant fire management officer for the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit.

Years of service: 24

Why do you do what you do?

At first it was for the money, adrenaline rush and working outside. Now I enjoy watching young people mature and being a part of developing them into the fire management leaders of tomorrow.

What's something the community does not know about you?

I am a die-hard Wyoming Cowboy fan!

Nick Janota

Rank/position: Initial attack dispatcher

Years of service: 11 years forest service, one year Bureau of Land Management

Why do you do what you do?

It's a job that tests you almost every day, especially in the summer.

What's something the community does not know about you?

I was in the Army for seven years and served in Panama and in the first Gulf War.

Mike Rieser

Rank/position: Fire Management Officer for the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit.

Years of service: 32

Special certifications: Operations Chief, Air Tactical Supervisor

Why do you do what you do? The process and power of fire as a natural element still fascinates me.

What's something the community does not know about you? I guide salt water fly fishers on the Baja and in central America in the off season.

Martin Martinez

Rank/position: Cache/warehouse manager

Years of service: 4

Special certifications: Equipment inspector, ATV safety instructor

Why do you do what you do?

I get to do a variety of tasks and work with great people.


Ron Simpson

Rank/position: Engine Module Leader

Years of service: 14

Special certifications:

Incident Commander Type 3 for managing larger, more complex wildland fires

Why do you do what you do? I enjoy the job because I work outdoors and it is my field of study. I have a bachelor of science in forestry.

What's something the community does not know about you?

I'm happy to be living in Northwest Colorado with its abundant outdoor recreation opportunities.

Dale Skidmore

Rank/position: Zone fire management officer

Years of service: 23

Special certifications:

Exemplary action award

Why do you do what you do?

Wildland firefighting is not your typical 9-to-5 job. Everyday brings a new challenge. Our firefighters are involved in all risk assignments, such as wildland/urban interface fires, hurricane recovery, space shuttle disaster, floods, Sept. 11. It's also very satisfying to watch my crew develop cohesion. They have to learn to trust one another and work together to stay safe. It's like one big family around our fire center and that's a great way to spend a day at work. But, the best thing is probably that my office is the great outdoors. I spend about 75 percent of my time in the hills.

What's something the community does not know about you?

I've been in Craig almost all my life, so everyone thinks I'm a Colorado native, but I was really born in Northern California and moved here with my parents when I was 5 years old.

Michael St. Martin

Position: Assistant Engine Module Leader

Years of service: Six

Special Certifications: Engine Boss, Incident Commander Type 4

Why do you do what you do? To work in different areas in the country and it's rewarding.

Brett Stearns

Rank/position:

Assistant module leader

Years of service: 6 years

Special certifications:

Crew boss, helicopter crew member, engine boss faller Class B, incident commander type 4 and firefighter Type 1

Why do you do what you do?

I enjoy doing this job because it is challenging, exciting and very rewarding.

Bryan Yeager

Rank/position: Engine module leader

Years of service: 14, eight in Craig

Special certifications:

Strike team leader, incident commander type 4, engine boss

Why do you do what you do?

Being able to work outdoors and working with all the different crews and people.

Mac Zimmerman

Rank/position: Engine crew member

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