UK Fire Cat working on a fire in Eastern Kentucky

The University of Kentucky Fire Cats finished up the fall 2015 fire season in December. The UK Fire Cats began the semester with the First Annual Fire Cat Retreat at Robinson Forest. Fifteen undergraduate students participated in the retreat to receive their field day and refresher course training for Type II Wildland Firefighters. All fifteen students took and passed the arduous work capacity test. From October through December, the Fire Cats worked weekends as Emergency Firefighters with the Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF).     

The Fire Cats are excited about the opportunity to have hands-on experience with wildland fire suppression through the Kentucky Division of Forestry. Several of the Fire Cats are already applying with various federal agencies for summer season work as wildland firefighters.

The UK Fire Cats will begin work with KDF again in February 2016 for the spring fire season.

The UK Department of Forestry works in cooperation with the Kentucky Division of Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service on the UK Fire Cats program. For addition information on the UK Fire Cat program, contact Laura Lhotka (859-257-8718, or Chris Osborne (606-666-9995,


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UK Fire Cats (2015-2016) at the First Annual Fire Cat Retreat

UK Fire Cats (2015-2016) at the First Annual Fire Cats Retreat at Robinson Forest

Author: Laura Lhotka
Terms: Students