Eric Anderson, husband of slain Rainier ranger Margaret Anderson, was announced this morning as the new structural fire training specialist for the National Interagency Fire Center.
“I feel honored to be working with such a capable and dedicated staff in the NPS Division of Fire and Aviation,” Anderson said in a prepared statement. “I’m looking forward to contributing my energy and love of firefighting towards the goal of ensuring the safety of our employees and visitors, while protecting our historical treasures.”
The National Park Service announced the hire today, World Ranger Day. World Ranger Day honors rangers, especially those who have died in the line of duty. Margaret Anderson was killed Jan. 1 by a gunman after she stopped him in the park just below Paradise. The gunman fled and was found dead, drowned in Paradise River, the next day.
Anderson, who worked as firefighter in Maryland and for the NPS, began working for the park service in 2000. He became a law enforcement ranger in 2002. He’s worked at several national parks including Yellowstone and Rainier. He also worked as a volunteer firefighter while employed for the NPS. He has taken several graduate level fire, law enforcement and emergency management classes according to the NPS statement released today.
“Eric has the critical skill sets that are needed for the structural fire program,” Hal Spencer, director of the structural fire program, said in a prepared statement. “Coupled with his experience and passion for the fire service, he will be a great contributor to this program. We are thrilled to have Eric as new member of our team.”
Anderson is currently telecommuting and plans to move to Boise at the end of August. Anderson has two daughters. They were 4 and 2 at the time of their mother’s death.