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.
Lake Meredith NRA and Borger City Firefighters Assist in Hurricane Sandy Recovery Efforts
Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, Texas
Lake Meredith National Recreation Area (NRA) has invested many hours training firefighters in the local communities to assist the National Park Service in a time of need. These local citizens are employed as Administratively Determined hires (AD) and utilize their skills to enhance the park’s workforce.
In November 2012, six Borger City firefighters and two crew leaders from Lake Meredith NRA were part of a 20-person saw team removing hazardous trees from damaged National Park Service sites during Hurricane Sandy response. They worked in the Gateway National Recreation Area, located around the Jamaica Bay in New York and New Jersey, including helping to secure areas including the Jacob Riss Park, Frank Charles Memorial Park, Hamilton Beach, Fort Tilden, Canarsie Pier, and the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.
The partnership between Lake Meredith NRA and Borger City not only provides qualified firefighters to respond to national emergencies but also provides qualified firefighters to protect our local communities from wildfires.
Contact: Bruce Fields, Fire Management Officer, Lake Meredith NRA
Phone: (806) 865-3360