2021 Micro-Grant Recipient: Logan Foll
My name is Logan Foll, I’m a 3rd year firefighter who just started a new position in southern Colorado. Having grown up in the Midwest, I hadn’t even heard of wildland fire until I came west in my van in 2017. It became my wholehearted mission to become a professional wildland firefighter, first starting on recreation in Arizona and finally landing on a Montana handcrew in 2019. With a background in photojournalism, I’m incredibly passionate about telling stories of the humans around me.
Grant Category: Photography
Impact Award: In Honor of Ralph Langlois
Friendship: Forged in Fire
When viewed from the outside, the fire world can be very intimidating. You constantly hear stories/see photos of burly men and women hiking long miles, hauling loads of gear, then putting in miles of fireline. I want to showcase that while, yes, to be a firefighter you have to be tough – mainly you have to be open to working with new people, willing to make friends and operate effectively in a team. I will portray the humanity behind every fire crew, how camaraderie and trust is built alongside fulfilling, hard work during the fire season. Friendships are often forged by fire.
Favorite thing about firefighting:
My favorite thing about wildland fire is the humans behind the work. Yes, it’s exciting to see fires do crazy things, get to do a bunch of activities most folks never get the chance to and see some amazing locations. But the people are the reason I stay. I’ve made so many great friendships along the way.