Images of the Silver Fire - New Mexico Veteran Wildland Firefighter Pilot Program - Mimbres River at Cooney - Black Range of the Gila National Forest

Earlier this year, New Mexico Governor Martinez launched a program for New Mexico Veterans seeking training and employment in wildland firefighting.After several very active fire seasons in recent years, the Veteran Fire Crew Pilot Program was created to address the need for more wildland firefighters in the state.
 "New Mexico's veterans have made remarkable contributions to our state and our country. We owe it to them to help them find employment when they return to civilian life" .- Governor Susana Martinez 

The pilot program currently provides 40 seasonal wildland firefighter positions with wages starting at 17.00 per hour and benefits. The new Military Veteran Wildland Firefighter Pilot Program crew will join the 200-plus State Forestry wildland firefighters presently assigned to protect state, private and federal lands from wildfire. In only a few months after the pilot program crew's creation, the 40-person crew has worked major fires in the Santa Fe National Forest and Gila National Forest. The veteran wildland firefighter program will be a great resource as we prepare for what could be a very active fire season. 

"I salute all the veterans who are taking part in this program and thank them for their continued service to the people of New Mexico." - Governor Susana Martinez

A very special thanks to Crew Boss Michael Gonzales and the New Mexico Veteran Wildland Firefighter Pilot Program crew for allowing me the privilege to photograph them as they cut firelines ahead of the Silver Fire.

Published on: 
July 24, 2013

Scheduled Overland Adventures, Expeditions & EXP-4WD Training

September 2021: Fall Camino del Tesoro Overland (CDT) – Monday, September 27th through Thursday, September 30th – Spectacular Fall Scenery Northern New Mexico Traversal Read More
September 2021: Ghost Divide Expedition [GDE]: Monday, September 20th through Thursday, September 23rd, 2021 - Adventure to the Overland Expo West Read More
October 2021: Fall Gila Overland [FGO]: Friday, October 22nd through Sunday, October 24th, 2021 – NMBR'S Golden Season Gila National Forest Traversal Read More
November 2021:Fall Expedition & 4WD Training [EXP-4WD]: Friday, November 12th through Sunday, November 14th, 2021 – NMBR's rugged, remote, and immersive skill building experience Read More
February 2021: Winter Gila Overland [WGO]: Friday, Feb 26th through Sunday, Feb 28th, 2021 – NMBR's Winter Season Gila National Forest Traversal Read More
March 2021: Spring El Coyote Expedition (ECE) – Friday, March 19th through Sunday, March 21st – New Mexico Gila National Forest Ultra-Traversal Read More
April 2021: Spring Expedition & 4WD Training (EXP-4WD) – Friday, April 16th through Sunday, April 18th – Southern New Mexico Training Traversal Read More
May 2021 – Spring Gila Overland (SGO) – Friday, May 14th through Sunday, May 16th – New Mexico Gila National Forest Traversal Read More
June 2021: Summer Expedition & 4WD Training (EXP-4WD) – Friday, June 11th through Sunday, June 13th – Southern New Mexico Training Traversal Read More
July 2021 – Summer El Coyote Expedition (ECE) – Friday, July 9th through Sunday, July 11th – New Mexico Gila National Forest Ultra-Traversal Read More
July 2021: River to the Sky Expedition (RTS) – Monday, July 26th through Thursday, July 29th – New Mexico and Colorado Traversal Read More
August 2021: Banditos Expedition (BEX) – Monday, August 2nd through Thursday, August 5th, 2021 – Full-size truck tour and rugged backroads traverse of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico Read More
August 2021: Overland Expo Mountain West Based Adventure: Rockies Road Trip (RRT) – Monday, August 23rd through Thursday, August 26th – Colorado Traversal to the Overland Expo Mountain West Read More

Go Boldly, Prepared, and with Confidence - Go with NMBR!

Ready for your next great adventure?