The Eric Marsh Foundation for Wildland Firefighters would like to invite you to our open house BBQ on June 29th, 2018 from 4 to 7. At 7:30 we will head over to Matt’s Saloon for brother/sisterhood and a performance by our Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority Pipes and Drums. Come join us 💜
Our retail shop is located at 409 W Goodwin Street in Prescott, Arizona. We are open Monday through Friday 10:00 to 5:30 and Saturday 10:30 to 3:30. We would LOVE to see you so come on by and say hi!
We can also be reached at (928) 227-0744
The Eric Marsh Foundation for Wildland Firefighters was created after the Yarnell Hill Fire (6-30-13), which claimed the lives of 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots, including my husband, Eric Marsh. Eric was the Superintendent of the crew. His death and the death of all 19 men caused a cyclone of grief, emotion, devastation, ruination, soul crushing, life altering and Phoenix creating experiences that have culminated in the creation and the evolution of the Eric Marsh Foundation.
Once I was able to look outside my cave of grief, I began to see how many people were in the same situation as me from tragedies on the fire line that occurred after the Yarnell Hill Fire. I wanted to create something to help these people, something that would bolster people’s hearts and let them know that they are seen, that they are loved and that their fallen wildland firefighter is always remembered and always honored. That was the very first glimmer of the Eric Marsh Foundation. I wanted to help families like my own.
On Christmas Day 2015, I almost took my life. Sucked down into what felt like the endless mire of pain from losing Eric, I couldn’t see that my life was ever going to improve. I felt so empty and hollow. The depths that I almost went to that day helped me understand my diagnosis of PTSD and how close I had come to devastating the lives of those who love me. Because of my PTSD, we grew a program within our foundation to help wildland firefighters with the same struggle. It has been our honor to serve in this capacity.
In addition to helping next of kin, we also give donations to wildland firefighters injured in the line of duty. Injuries on the fire line can keep wildland firefighters from earning the valuable overtime they rely on to supplement their wages. Losing overtime hours is critical to their bottom line. We feel these men and women DESERVE our financial support.
Eric created the Arizona Wildfire and Incident Management Academy in his living room and taught s130/190 classes with PJ Lingley (Bear Jaw IHC) for many years. He was passionate about teaching this specific class because he wanted to interact with young men and women embarking on their wildfire careers. Because of his dedication to this specific class, we give scholarships to both the Arizona Wildfire and Incident Management Academy and the Colorado Wildfire and Incident Management Academy for s130/190.
The Eric Marsh Foundation for Wildland Firefighters continues to evolve. The need inside the wildland fire service is huge and it is our honor and commitment to serve our wildfire family from now until long into the future.
The Eric Marsh Foundation for Wildland Firefighters is a 501 (c) 3 tax exempt foundation.
Our EIN: 46-5441458