MISSION

 Mission Statement:

Wildland Firefighter safety is of the utmost importance to our organization. We will champion firefighter safety through independent investigations, education and real life support for firefighters, families and the fire community.  Truth – Transparency – Accountability – Change, the future for wildland firefighter safety is now.

 

Wildland Firefighter Guardian Institute is a tax-exempt non-profit 501(c)(3) under the Internal Revenue Code. Please consult with your individual tax advisor with respect to the deductibility of any contributions.

 

Photo Courtesy of Molly Ottman
Photo Courtesy of Molly Ottman

History

On June 30, 2013 – Nineteen Wildland Firefighters from the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew, Prescott, Arizona died when they were entrapped in a canyon at Yarnell, Arizona in the Yarnell Hill Fire.

Photo Courtesy of Juliann Ashcraft
Photo Courtesy of Juliann Ashcraft

 

From this great loss of life three women, Juliann Ashcraft, Deborah Pfingston, and Roxanne Warneke worked together to form the Wildland Firefighter Guardian Institute. Juliann lost her husband, Andrew Ashcraft, Deborah Pfingston lost her son, Andrew Ashcraft, and Roxanne Warneke lost her husband, William “Billy” Warneke in this tragedy. Through their grief the three women dedicated themselves to learning about Wildland Firefighting, delved into discovering what truly happened to the Granite Mountain Hotshots that led to their deaths, and committed themselves to protecting the safety of Wildland Firefighters so that another preventable tragedy like the Yarnell Hill Fire does not occur again.

Mission: Wildland Firefighter safety is of the utmost importance to our organization. We will champion firefighter safety through independent investigations, education, and real life support for firefighters, families, and the fire community. Truth-Transparency-Accountability- Change, the future for wildland firefighter safety is now.