Engine 3 Work Station: Grand Teton National Park Headquarters, Moose, WY
Grand Teton National Park is home to two wildland fire engines. These engines work within the greater framework of fire management known as Teton Interagency Fire. Crews are composed of firefighters from Grand Teton National Park and the Bridger-Teton National Forest. These crews assist fire managers in … “Maintain[ing] an interagency fire program that provides for safe, cost effective, efficient and ecologically sound fire management addressing resource goals and reducing threats to life, property and other resource values across boundaries” (Grand Teton National Park FMP 2009).
Engine 3, a type three engine, is based at the park’s headquarters in Moose, WY. Moose is located within the boundaries of Grand Teton National Park, located approximately 12 miles north of Jackson, WY. Many of the crewmembers enjoy the benefit of living in government housing inside the park. Jackson is the nearest full service community, for more information visit the Town of Jackson website.
During fire season, June through September, the engines are staffed seven days per week. Over the last five years, the forest has averaged 44 fire starts with the park averaging 14 starts over the last ten years. This truly interagency crew is composed of seven crew members, four of whom are park employees and three are forest employees. In addition to serving as initial attack resources for the forest and park, the engine crews also travel nationally to aid with support of large incidents. Engine crewmembers are also able to travel with the Teton Crew, a 20-person type 2 IA crew. Teton Interagency Fire has an active prescribed fire and fuels management program. The engine crews are routinely called upon to assist in mechanical fuel treatments as well as participating as hand crew, engine crew and overhead positions as qualified on prescribed fires and fires being managed for resource benefit.
Due to the varied experience of crew members, they are able to support other crews in the park and forest in several functions including: EMS, search and rescue, hazard tree removal, radio and weather station maintenance, fuel sample collections and fire effects monitoring.
Grand Teton NP encompasses the Teton mountain range and a portion of the valley of Jackson Hole, protecting both the scenic beauty of the alpine environment and the historic setting of fur trappers and early western settlement. The park and surrounding area offer an abundance of recreational opportunities including hiking, backpacking, hunting, skiing and world-class mountaineering experiences. The Snake River flows through the valley floor in the park and provides for fishing and boating outings. A series of lakes along the base of the mountains (Jackson, Jenny, String, and Leigh Lakes) adds to the scenic beauty and photo opportunities of this high mountain setting.
At 3.4 million acres the Bridger-Teton is the second largest national forest in the United States outside of Alaska. It lies in Western Wyoming, adjoining Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the largest remaining area of undeveloped land in the 48 conterminous United States. It is noted for its unusual scenery and natural features, large and diverse wildlife populations, and habitat for threatened and endangered species. The Forest contains the headwaters of 4 major river basins: the Yellowstone (Missouri/Mississippi Basin); Snake (Columbia); Green (Colorado); and the Bear River (Great Basin). Seven major mountain ranges are found within the Forest Boundaries. These mountain ranges are part of the northern Rocky Mountains and include part of the striking Teton Range and Wind River Mountains. The Forest borders Jackson Hole, famous in the history of early explorers and fur traders, and winter home of the well-known Jackson elk herd. The Forest, with its Supervisor's Office in Jackson, is composed of the Jackson, Blackrock, Pinedale, Big Piney, Greys River and Kemmerer Ranger Districts.