End of an era

Boulder Mountain Contracting has received devastating news today. The 2019 contract has just been approved and yesterday our placement number was also revealed. Long story short it looks like we wont be getting any work this year. As some of you may or may not know most contract crews in the province have been demoted to type 3 status. In order to retain type 2 status we would have needed to employ a WCB certified snag faller per squad. As we weren’t able to comply we had no choice but to apply as a type 3 crew. We are now lower on the roster than all type 1 crews (unit crews) as well any and all type 2 crews, out of province or local . Most damning is that our overall ranking is 8th over all in our district for type 3 crews. We had been told that experience, and references would be used in deciding overall placement but it seems that the first ranking type 3 crews scored high based on their bid price. Due to wet weather and being so low in overall ranking, as well as input from a ministry official we feel it only fair to let our people know that we no longer have confidence that we can provide any type of employment for them this summer.

It is also with great sadness that we as a family have decided to retire our company. We have spent the last 30 years as career wildfire fighters and have many great memories of our time spent working through out BC, Alberta, Yukon, Washington, and Idaho.

Without fanfare we will hang up our boots. We are proud of our history, our professionalism and our ethics. Our only regret is that we were not able to keep our key crew members employed for this our final season and that we... with the best intentions... invested a week training rookies that will never see the fire line with our company. We have trained many good people over the years and we had hoped this year would be another good fire season.

Thank you to all that have shared this journey with us, we laughed, we cried, we swore, we bled, and in the end we carried on no matter the challenges we faced. In any given day it could be the best of times and the worst of times and we took pride getting paid to do what we loved. For all of you that stood in the trenches with us over the years please remember the good times, forgive the hard times and look to a future where the smell of smoke, burn fuel or gatorade powder is a gentle reminder of our shared history together. May you never lose your hand tool, may your pump always start after the third pull, and may your tent never leak, Boulder One and Boulder Two clear.

Boulder Mountain Contracting Ltd.