Alan Sinclair, Managing Director, Siphon Draw Fire and Fuels and the owner of T1D1 Consulting.
In 2021, Alan retired after 31 years of federal service spending his first 18 years with the US Forest Service and the last 13 years of his career as the Zone Fire Management Officer for the Pima and Salt River Agencies of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. With a solid background in Operations, Alan spent 20 years on rostered Incident Management Teams, serving as a Division Group Supervisor, Operations Section Chief, Branch Director, TypeII IC, and from 2019-2021 as one of the United States 17 National Type I Incident Commanders
with Southwest Area Team #1.
Alan has worked as a Military Crew Advisor during the deployment of the 101st Airborne Division to the Montana fires of 2000 and again in 2002 with a military deployment to fires in Oregon.
He responded to the Space Shuttle Columbia recovery effort, 2003. He was a Shelter Branch Director for people displaced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In 2012 he was part of the Hurricane Sandy Response to New York and New Jersey.
Alan has mentored teams tasked with managing large planned events such as concerts, NASCAR, Fiesta Bowl, Pro Bowl and the 2015 and 2023 SuperBowls.
In 2000, Alan completed the Southwest Fire Use Training Academy and in August of 2009, he received a Certificate for Studies in Fire Ecology and Management from Northern Arizona University. This education along with over 30 years of boots on the ground experience with wildland fires and emergency response have made him an extremely effective wildland fire manager and trainer.
In his role as Fire Management Officer, Alan partnered with the tribal communities he served creating a Tribal Fire Archaeology program, a Tribal Fuels Program and a Tribal Type 3 All Hazard Team. Engaging internationally has been rewarding to Alan. He was a keynote speaker for the 2009 Wipfelfeur conference in Brandenberg Germany, the 2010 conference in Braunschweig, Germany and the 2014 conference in Gampel, Switzerland.
In 2012 he deployed to Villa Real, Portugal providing oversight for a German hand crew assisting local volunteer fire departments responding to vegetation fires.
In September of 2019, Alan deployed to Santa Cruz, Bolivia to assist Bolivian NGO’S in protecting indigenous communities impacted by the fires in the Amazon and Chiquitania Forests.
Alan shared Incident Command System information with international colleagues during the October 2019 Incident Command Workshop in Bitburg, Germany.
In 2022, Alan traveled to South Africa twice as a subject matter expert for Incident Management Team training for the Western Cape Government.
Alan is a proponent of Integrated Fire Management and the Incident Command System and has spoken internationally about both. He enjoys learning from and collaborating with Fire Management and ICS practitioners around the world.