HOT SHOTS: PAGE 23
SALUTE TO SUPE LINANE
Mark Linane joined the Los Prietos Hot Shots in '73. As superintendent he hired firefighters who share his values of duty, respect and integrity. Stan Stewart, Valdo Calvert and Tony Duprey joined the crew in '74 and became foremen in '78, '82 and '88, respectively. Ken Henson joined the crew as a foreman in '97. Stewart has led as superintendent since Linane's retirement in '99.
Sound and timely decisions, accountability and vision enabled Linane to lead his crews without a fireline fatality in 27 seasons. As Duprey sums it up, "We don't do stupid things twice." Linane developed his crews with a genuine interest in individuals while focusing on building the team. As innovations advanced in firefighting, the crew improved its effectiveness utilizing air and ground support. Creativity also came from within.
In '76, the 'Super-Pulaski,' was invented - a heavy grubbing and chopping tool carried by most hot shot crews today, now sporting flexible fiberglass rather than wood handles. In '79 L.P. introduced the 'Pig Tool', a long-spiked heavy grubbing tool for unearthing rocks, roots and smashing grass and brush on the fireline. The 'Bosly-Tool' was made in '87 for dual-duty as a shovel or scraping tool, now called a 'Combie.' And the 'Supe Rig' was always a tactical work in progress when Linane was behind the wheel. Today, Linane works for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

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