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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Team Wildland Firefighter Foundation - In Support of the WFF

Fort Collins, CO- A group of cyclists, comprised of current and former wildland firefighters and community members, based largely in Colorado's Front Range came together in support of the Wildland Firefighter Foundation  and created Team Wildland Firefighter Foundation (click for Team page). The official mission of the team reads as follows: "To raise awareness of the Wildland Firefighter Foundation by building and strengthening relationships between those who love and recreate in the public lands and the wildland firefighters who protect them through the common activity of cycling." Team Wildland Firefighter Foundation (Team WFF) formed only after the approval from the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, who Team WFF maintains a close and active relationship with. Since their formulation in December of last year, Team WFF has participated in events such as 18 Hours of Fruita, the City Streets Criterium, the Dirty Kanza, the Firecracker 50, and a multitude of training rides, which is only the beginning.

While Team WFF has the look and feel of a dedicated cycling team, they are actually far from it. The primary purpose of Team WFF and its riders is not to win bicycle races, but to increase public awareness of the Wildland Firefighter Foundation and those who depend on it through participating in cycling events, partnering with those who share in our mission, interacting with the public, and through social media. Being competitive in bicycle races is largely secondary, unlike that of a cycling team. Team WFF intends to garner attention from outside the wildland fire community for the Wildland Firefighter Foundation - widening the foundation’s support base.

Team WFF has members directly from the wildland fire community as well as the communities that the firefighters serve. Having team members the community and the wildland fire service is critical to the fulfillment of the mission and provides the team with unique perspective. Moving forward, Team WFF will continue to engage in cycling events, interacting with the community, and forming partnerships with those who share in our mission. Coming up in Boulder, Colorado, Team WFF and the Creative Acre Foundation, in support of the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, are collaborating with from Upslope Brewing Company for Upslope’s Pints for the People event on August 5th at the Lee Hill location.

Team WFF has been honored to have received widespread interest in the cycling clothing worn by its members from firefighters and community members. There are future plans to make Team WFF accessories and clothing available for purchase, in support of the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, in response to growing need. Meanwhile, Team WFF greatly appreciates the circulation of their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages through likes, shares, and comments. The social media aspect of Team WFF is intended to inform the public of happenings with the Team, as well as the firefighters and community members that are part of it.

Thanks for reading, we hope to see you on the line and on the trail!   
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****REMINDER**** Every fire has the ability to be catastrophic. The wildland fire management environment has profoundly changed. Growing numbers of communities, across the nation, are experiencing longer fire seasons; more frequent, bigger, and more severe, fires are a real threat. Be careful with all campfires and equipment.
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