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Yellowstone Names New Top Wildland Firefighter

John Cataldo
Yellowstone National Park Fire Management Officer John Cataldo
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News Release Date: June 14, 2013

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
June 14, 2013              13-047   

Al Nash or Dan Hottle
(307) 344-2015


Yellowstone Names New Top Wildland Firefighter

John Cataldo was named Yellowstone National Park’s Fire Management Officer (FMO) earlier this month.

Cataldo had been the park’s Assistant Fire Management Officer for the past two years and had been acting FMO since October 2012.

He will be responsible for implementing Yellowstone’s wildland Fire Management Plan.

Cataldo has been a wildland firefighter since 1994 and has held positions in fire management on the Chugach, Six Rivers and Umpqua National Forests as well as Denali, Big Cypress, Yellowstone and Crater Lake National Parks and Preserves. He has helped manage fires in 17 states from Florida to Alaska and before Yellowstone served as an Interagency Hotshot Crew Captain and Superintendent for eight years.

Cataldo graduated from Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif., with a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology and Fisheries.

More information on the role of Wildland Fire in Yellowstone National Park and the park’s Fire Management Program can be found online at http://www.nps.gov/yell/naturescience/wildlandfire.htm.

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