Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Andi Bourne

District Fire Management Officer retires after 35 year career


Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

Seeley Lake Ranger District Fire Management Officer Phil Shelmerdine (front, third from left) poses with the Seeley Lake Fire Crew. Adam Carr (right of Shelmerdine) has been the Assistant FMO on the District. He accepted the FMO position and started this week.

SEELEY LAKE – The Bitterroot Hot Shots Fire Crew rolled up to their assignment on the edge of a fern farm. As they approached the property, they saw all kinds of trucks labeled "Red Neck Fire Brigade."

"It was like stepping into Deliverance. We didn't know what to expect," said Phil Shelmerdine, a squad boss on Hot Shots at the time.

By the end of the crew's time on the farm, the landowner named all the roads after the girls on the crew and hosted a barbecue for the crew at the beach during their days off.

This is just one story from Shelmerdine's 35 years working as a firefighter and in...

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