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Carol Henson

Owner/Fire Management Specialist



Carol has over thirty-five years of experience in all phases of wildland fire and fuels management.  She’s served in various capacities on engines and hotshot crews promoting to hotshot and engine captain then battalion chief to Forest Fuels Officer/Division Chief to her final position as a Wildland Fire Specialist for the Washington Office Headquarters of the Forest Service.  Her strengths and experience include project management, primary author, fire behavior analyst, and fire management specialist.

Education and Training

1995 Washington Institute/Colorado State University – 24 credits - Certificate in Fire Management

Qualifications and Proficiencies

Carol’s NWCG qualified red card positions have included Incident Commander Type 3, Fire Behavior Analyst, Division/Group Supervisor, Burn Boss II, Strike Team Leader Crews and Engines, Situation Unit Leader, Field Observer, Situation Unit Leader, and Crew boss.  Proficient in the use of FARSITE, FlamMap, BEHAVEPlus, WindNinja, FireFamilyPlus 

Her qualifications have also included a fixed-wing private pilot.

Professional Experience

Owner/Fire Management Specialist, Geo Elements, LLC, (2009 – present)

· She owns and manages a wildland fire and fuel consulting business that specializes in community protection planning. 

· Serves as project manager and principle author for a variety of fire and fuels related projects including community protection plans, risk and hazard assessments, and fire management plans.

U.S. Forest Service, Angeles, Sierra, Lassen, and Los Padres National Forests and Washington Office (1977 – 2009)

· Served as a Wildland Fire Specialist and project manager for a variety of wildland fire and fuels projects including community protection plans, fire behavior assessments, fire behavior modeling, fire behavior research, fire management plans, and technical fuels input for environmental analyses. 

· Served as Forest Fuels Division Officer responsible for overall program management of a complex forest fuels program including the budget, program planning, and supervision.  Managed a prescribed fire burn program focused on the WUI, provided formal and informal fire and safety training, provided public education on fire and hazardous fuels, provided technical input for NEPA, and provided technical input for land management and fire management plans.  

· Served as Suppression Battalion Chief and supervised and provided oversight for 16 employees including engines crews, prevention technicians, and a lookout.  Served as on call duty officer, initial attack incident commander, and district fire training coordinator. 

· Served in a variety of field level wildfire positions including engine crew, hotshot crew, hand crew, squad boss, engineer, engine captain, and hotshot captain in fire suppression and fuel treatment activities. 

Served on various management teams as incident commander, fire behavior analyst, division/group supervisor, strike team leader, situation unit leader, crewboss, and crewmember.