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Steve Ryan
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  • Avon
  • United States
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Lives in:
Engine 5,Minturn CO.
Eagle River Fire
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
Professional Qualifications:
D/O Pumper
Ropes 3
Ice rescue
Wildland FF2
Topics you provide training for:
Areas of expertise:
Wilderness Search and Rescue
Urban Interface
10 years NSW Fire Brigades, Station 451 Thredbo, Australia
5 years Eagle River Fire Protection District, Avon, CO, USA
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At 3:15pm on May 22, 2008, Steve Ryan said…
Sean, I have spoken to the LT in charge of the wildland program and she does not have a problem with you coming along, We just have to clear it with the Op's Chief. As for the length of the seasons, It started last month and will go until November. We as a group travel all over the states for jobs. Last year we sent crews to Utah, Florida, Montana and California on type 6 and 1 engines. As for the web site it is a work in progess and is a little underdeveloped to say the least. Crews are sent out for at least 3 weeks and then rotated out as needed, all in all it depends on the task at hand you might end up on the front line chasing glory or tasked to a helo refuel spot as protection which is a good time to read books and over eat, its always a roll of the dice. It does help that the department is getting a good rep with the powers to be, within the wildland comminuty, it makes for better job assignments.
I will keep in touch mate.

At 10:41am on May 22, 2008, Sean Vatcher / said…
Steve, thanks for your reply. I can enter the States on a 3 month visa for business purposes so that is not a problem.
I know that every season is different, but what is an average wildfire season for your department? When I visit a department I like to be on station with the crews so that every opportunity is taken to be there when and if the call comes in.
That may be something that you would need to discuss with your Chief, but if he is OK with this then it would be good to set something up. I was planning to head out to Michigan in September, how would that month be regards
the season, does the season go on that long?

I look forward to hearing from you again, I am going to take a look through the Eagle Fire website to get a feel for your department. Please talk with your collegues about the possibility of me working with them and please do direct them to my website.


At 12:22pm on May 20, 2008, Sean Vatcher / said…

Thanks for accepting my friend request. I noticed whilst reading your profile that your are a former NSW fire fighter, my uncle (Graham Vatcher) was a Station Officer at Crows Nest for many years until he passed away. He also ran the Brass Helmet Company that reproduced brass fire helmets.
I am a fire service photographer and am looking at making contacts all over the world with a view to hopefully arranging through such friends the opportunity of an assignmnet to photograph their department. Another part of your profile that caught my eye was your Wildland expertise. Wildland fires are one form of incident that I am yet to experience and photograph, and if you can help in anyway to arrange an assignment to work with your department that would be greatly appreciated.
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