‘HANDS ON” describes the Roscommon Mini Equipment Workshop. Participants use the
equipment, interact one-on-one, and see facilities where design and production of
wildfire equipment takes place. The Workshop begins in Roscommon, Michigan, at the
Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Forest Fire Experiment Station. Established
in 1929, the Experiment Station is headquarters to the National Association of State
Foresters’ Roscommon Equipment Center (REC) program. The Workshop finishes at the
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Fire Program Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, giving
the tour an international flavor. Great small group interaction, lasting personal
contacts, and positive experience summarize the comments of the past participants.
To affect technology transfer by exchanging information and ideas about present and
future wildfire related equipment projects.
To acquaint state fire supervisors, their equivalents from other agencies, and equipment
program leaders with the National Association of State Foresters’ Roscommon Equipment
Who Should Apply
State Wildfire Chiefs/Managers/Supervisors or Equivalent Wildfire Supervision from
Fire Equipment Program Leaders
Federal Excess Personal Property Specialists
Active Equipment Committee Personnel from the U.S. or other Countries
The workshop seeks a mix of equipment-related talents as well as broad geographical
representation. Candidates should be sponsored by their forest or provincial organization.
Federal candidates should be sponsored by management at their regional or forest