Week 9 – Coconino National Forest, Mt. Eldon Thinning Project, & Physical Training


The Veteran’s Fire Corps Team in Flagstaff, AZ completed their first week working with the Coconino National Forest. The week began with a courteous welcoming by U.S. Forest Service Crew Boss, Aaron Greyser. The VFC team immediately went to work with Aaron and his seasoned fuels crew, Crew 4, and assisted with a thinning & hand pilling project near Mt. Eldon. The project focuses on fire prevention for the communities around Mt. Eldon which includes many homes, some popular recreational trails, and the extremely valuable communications equipment on Eldon’s summit.

Throughout the week the VFC team integrated into Crew 4’s morning PT (physical training) sessions that include running, weight lifting, calisthenics, and hiking with line packs and fire tools.