National Interagency Fire Center
The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), located in Boise, Idaho, is the nation’s support center for wildland firefighting. Eight different agencies and organizations are part of NIFC. Decisions are made using the interagency cooperation concept because NIFC has no single director or manager.
The Boise Interagency Fire Center (BIFC) was created in 1965 because the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and National Weather Service saw the need to work together to reduce the duplication of services, cut costs, and coordinate national fire planning and operations. The National Park Service and Bureau of Indian Affairs joined BIFC in in the mid 1970s. The US Fish and Wildlife Service later joined in 1979. The Center’s name was changed in 1993 from the Boise Interagency Fire Center to the National Interagency Fire Center to more accurately reflect its national mission.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT:
Dear Brother and Sister Veterans:
The Wall That Heals will be in Leominster Massachusetts on November 3, 4, and 5. It will be open 24 hours a day for viewing by veterans and the public. Special remembrance ceremonies will be held twice each day. Help us ensure that this visit to North Worcester County will be appropriate, reflective, educational, and represent the experiences of those who served and died during the Vietnam War.
I am asking all veterans who served between 1964 and 1975 attend this three-day event. You are the direct link to the 58,000 young men and women whose name are listed on the Wall. We Will Never Forget. It is only the veteran who can facilitate the true meaning of service during these difficult times. You are the honest and clear voice that will give testimony to their legacy and service.
Please join your brother and sister veterans as we represent military service. These fine young men and women gave their life; we can give them a voice for three days.
I look forward to our meeting.
Yours in service,
Richard Earley, President, Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 116
Courage is fear holding on a minute longer -General George S. Patton