Zion National Park Welcomes New Fire Management Officer

Greg Bartin with mountains in background
Greg Bartin, Fire Management Officer

Zion National Park welcomes Greg Bartin as the park’s new fire management officer. In his new position, Bartin will provide leadership and direction to Zion’s fire and aviation program and additionally will offer oversight for eight other national park’s fire programs across Utah.

“Greg has been a solid presence at Zion for quite some time and has served as the deputy fire management officer since 2015,” said Regional Fire Management Officer Jay Lusher. “We are excited to see him move into a more senior leadership role in the Utah Parks Group. He will continue to be a great asset on our team in his new position.”

Bartin launched his career working as a volunteer associate naturalist at Grand Canyon National Park. He then took an interpretive ranger position at the White House. Bartin worked as a general ranger at Blue Ridge Parkway and later moved into fees, working at Grand Teton National Park and Zion National Park. In these roles, he quickly began taking on extra secondary duties in fire, search and rescue, and emergency response.

Bartin’s first full-time fire job was at Zion National Park conducting fuels treatments and providing fire suppression as part of an engine crew. He then transitioned to working on a fire use module with Color Country Interagency Fire Center where he worked as a forestry technician and later, a lead forestry technician. Bartin came back to Zion working as an engine foreman. He then became an engine module leader and later served in his most recent position as deputy fire management officer.

“What I love about working in fire is that it doesn’t matter what uniform you are wearing, we are working together to manage fire to protect lives, property, and natural and cultural resources,” said Bartin. “I have enjoyed working with park service and partner agency fire programs across Utah and look forward to building these relationships in my new role.”

Bartin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland. He succeeds Taiga Rohrer who recently accepted a position as the forest fire staff officer on the Tonto National Forest in Arizona.

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Last updated: May 27, 2020