Since September of 2012 Bill has been the Incident Commander for one of four US Forest Service National Incident Management Organizations (NIMO) Teams. During the summer of 2012 he was the Incident Commander for the Rocky Mountain Area Type 1 Team during a very busy season spent managing several complex incidents. Previous experience includes leading one of the Rocky Mountain type 2 teams as well as one of the national fire use management teams. His record includes 11 years as a Type 2 or Type 1 IC. He has participated with incident management teams in operations and command throughout his career and has over 40 years of fire experience.
From 2003 until the fall of 2012 Bill served as the Fire Management Officer for the Upper Colorado River Interagency fire program based in Grand Junction, Colorado. Prior to moving to a full time fire position he served for over 23 years as a US Forest Service District Ranger on two national forests. Early in his career Bill worked as a soil scientist on three national forests. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1973 with a degree in Forestry and Soil Science.
Bill enjoys spending time with his fiancée and sons. In his spare time he likes to ski, hike, referee high school football, play racket ball and hunt elk and pheasant. He lives in Grand Junction, Colorado.
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