I believe in what I do and believe in the Fuels Program, I believe we can accomplish more putting fire on the ground and implementing or managing resource benefit fires. Fire is the best tool we have, and we should be using it more. We need to change our way thinking when comes to fires. ~ Ralph Thomas
Fort Apache Agency, BIA
Leadership Citation for Initiative and Innovation:
Quotes from the Nomination:
- "Ralph loves the challenge that fire brings and that love of engagement with fire is contagious to those that work with or for him."
- "The confidence that he displays is seen as respect for his trainees which translates into greater achievements for the team."
- Fort Apache's first Hotshot Superintendent (1984)
- Division Supervisor and Air Tactical Group Supervisor on Southwest Area Incident Management Teams
- Mentor/Field Coordinator, BIA National Fire Mentoring Program