Fire Stories

Fire stories from the national parks highlight events, incidents, and the like, associated with fire and fuels management, as well as fire education, technology, partnerships, and more. Stories highlight work related to Department of the Interior initiatives as well as local and regional initiatives.

Michelle Bogart helps future firefighters practice with a hose on Junior Ranger Day in the Northeast and National Capital Regions. NPS photo courtesy of John Mitchell.

Fun Learning with Future Wildland Firefighters

Northeast and National Capital Regions, (MA, MD, NY, PA, VA)
National Fire Plan, Firefighting*

Who hasn't wanted to spray something with a fire hose? Turning on the siren in a fire truck is fun, and, playing dress-up rarely gets old. Around the parks of the Northeast and National Capital Regions youngsters got a little taste of wildland firefighting over the past three years. From the streets of New York City to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, a good time was had by current and future firefighters.

Almost everybody wants to drive a fire engine – and play with the siren! NPS photo courtesy of John Mitchell. Click for a larger version.

Kids remember when they have fun learning, including key ideas such as always be careful with fire. The opportunities were many: Junior Ranger Day, World Ranger Day, National Fire Prevention Week, Earth Day, career days and so many times when someone asked, what do rangers do? They got answers at parks including; Booker T. Washington National Monument, Cape Cod National Seashore, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, George Washington Birthplace National Monument, Monocacy National Battlefield, Petersburg National Battlefield, Shenandoah National Park, and even Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site in New York City.

Recruitment opportunities are everywhere, including New York City. NPS photo courtesy of Cliff Lively. Click for a larger version.

Who knows? In ten or fifteen years, a 20-something novice firefighter may look around after a long day of working in the dirt and smoke. Nearby, wearing a boss's helmet could be a face topped with gray hair that looks almost familiar. They might just start that classic conversation that takes them back to a fine afternoon in a national park.

Contact: Barb Stewart, Fire Communication Specialist,
NPS Northeast & National Capital Regions
Phone: (434) 220-9065

*This story supports Department of the Interior initiatives.