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Engagement Letter - Boots & Coots Group and Maroon Bells Capital Inc. and Venbanc Inc.


                                 April 10, 2000

Mr. Larry Ramming 
Boots & Coots Group
777 Post Oak Boulevard
8th Floor
Houston, TX 77056


Dear Larry:

      This letter confirms the arrangement, under which MAROON BELLS CAPITAL,
(collectively - "MBVB"), is to be retained to act as the Primary, Financial
Advisor (FA) to BOOTS AND COOTS GROUP (WEL) (the Company), a TEXAS Corporation;
for a period of 12 (TWELVE) MONTHS from today's date.


      As the Company's primary financial advisor, MBVB will use its best
      efforts to provide financial consulting services to WEL, within the scope
      of the following:

            1. Facilitate an infusion of debt and/or equity, or some
            combination or derivation thereof, into the Company; and more
            specifically, the amount of $8,000,000. MBVB, will approach various
            Investor Entities and/or Associates, with respect to the same.

      Our responsibilities include reviewing and presenting the Company's
      business plan, financial pro-formas, and/or Term Sheets, and generating
      appropriate Investor Interest, and/or counter Term Sheets; developing
      Investments interest on the Company's behalf; and negotiating and
      arranging appropriate Investment deal point(s) scenarios for the Company,
      from said Investor Entities, in the continuing effort to procure an
      appropriate financing and/or investment capital for the Company.   

Mr. Larry Ramming
Page 2
Letter of Engagement


         Because of the uniqueness, complex nature, and the need for expediency 
         of the foregoing, the type of Investment and Securities to be 
         exchanged, the complexity of the deal(s) which are contemplated; MBVB 
         will be compensated in a 'Financial Advisory Fee' for its efforts, as 

                  a)  $8,000,000 Invested Amount, seven and one-half percent
                      "in kind", of the securities issued.

                  b)  1,600,000 success warrants, 5-year term, with an exercise
                      price of at market date of closing per share, per warrant;
                      with piggy-back registration rights, and based on pro-rata

                  c)  In the event that additional investment interest presents
                      itself, related to the investment opportunity as herein 
                      described, above the $8,000,000 as is set forth herein, 
                      such interest would be shown the Company MBVB, and if 
                      accepted by the company, MBVB would be entitled to 
                      compensation on any additional invested monies, in the 
                      amount of seven and one half percent or "in kind", of the 
                      securities issued, and pro-rata success warrants, under 
                      the same terms and conditions as stated in Paragraph B, 

         Said compensation shall be due MBVB for any closing resulting from 
         MBVB's efforts as described in Paragraph 1, above, whether the closing
         takes place during the term of this contract, or subsequent thereto, as
         long as said investment was procured by or through MBVB, or it's 
         Agents, or Investor Entities.

         o  COMPANY'S OPTION - it is the intent of this letter that MBVB use
            its best efforts to present said opportunity to and for the Company,
            in a form that is acceptable to the Company.  The Company, however 
            may reject any such opportunity at its discretion, with no liability
            to MBVB, or the Company.  Principals of MBVB may, or may not be 
            Investors in any such opportunities.

         o  OTHER PLACEMENT AGENTS - MBVB, may, in its discretion, use Placement
            Agents and/or Licensed Broker/Dealers to aid in generating such
            opportunities, and any Fees associated with such Agents would be
            deducted from the Financial Advisory Fee due MBVB.

Mr. Larry Ramming
Page 3
Letter of Engagement

         It shall be the Company's obligation to bear all of its expenses in
         connection with any transaction, including, but not limited to the
         following; filing fees, and mailing costs with respect to the
         transmission of the business plan or other offering, material,
         registrar and transfer agent fees, legal counsel and accounting fees,
         issue and transfer taxes, if any, and Blue Sky counsel fees and
         expenses (if any).
         The Company agrees that MBVB shall be entitled to rely upon all reports
         of the Company and/or information supplied to it by or on behalf of the
         Company (whether written or oral), and MBVB shall not in any respect be
         responsible for the accuracy or completeness of any such report or
         information or for any obligation to verify the same, regardless of the
         extent to which MBVB may have conducted an independent investigation.

         Subject to applicable law, no advice given by MBVB in connection with 
         the services rendered by MBVB hereunder will be quoted, nor will any 
         such advice or the name of MBVB be referred to, in any report, 
         document, release or other communication, whether written (including 
         without limitation, the Company business plan) oral, prepared, issued 
         or transmitted by the Company or any affiliate, director, officer, 
         employee, agent or representative of any thereof, without, in each 
         instance, MBVB's prior consent.

         The Company further represents, warrants, and agrees that (a) it is 
         authorized to enter into this agreement and to carry out the 
         transaction contemplated hereunder, and (b) this agreement constitutes 
         a "valid and binding obligation" of the Company.

         In consideration of our agreement to act as the non-exclusive agent of
the Company, in connection with the private placement, you agree to indemnify
and hold harmless MBVB, each of our partners, officers, employees and agents,
and any person controlling our firm (each of MBVB), against any and all losses,
claims, damages or liabilities, joint or several, to which they may become
subject under any statute or at common law or otherwise, insofar as such losses,
claims, damages, liabilities, settlements, actions or proceedings are caused by
the release of information about the proposed financing to potential investors
arising from any untrue statement of a material fact contained in the reports,
either financial or narrative, or by any omission or alleged omission to state
therein a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the
statements therein not misleading except for statements and information or
omissions in regards to MBVB, provided however that there shall not be any
obligation to the extent that any loss, claim, damage or liability is finally
judicially determined recklessness or willful misconduct.
Mr. Larry Ramming 
Page 4
Letter of Engagement


         If the foregoing is satisfactory to you, please signify your approval
in the space provided below.

                                             Very truly yours,

                                             By: /s/ PAUL A. MOORE
                                                     Paul A. Moore, Chairman
                                                     MAROON BELLS CAPITAL, INC

                                             By: /s/ FRITZ C. VOELKER
                                                     Fritz C. Voelker
                                                     VENBANC, INC.   


                                             By: /s/ LARRY RAMMING
                                                     Larry Ramming
                                                     BOOTS & COOTS GROUP
                        [BOOTS & COOTS GROUP LETTERHEAD]

                                 April 12, 2000

Mr. Paul Moore, Chairman
Maroon Bells Capital Partners, Inc.
194 East Westminster Rd.
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

Mr. Fritz Voelker, Chairman
VenBanc, Inc.
346 Madison
Denver, Colorado 80206

Mr. Tracy Turner, Managing Director
Interra Ventures
460 North Waukegan
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

Re:  Superseding Agreement


This letter is intended to serve as an additional inducement to the issuance of
the commitment letter from Maroon Bells Capital Partners, Inc. as agent for a
syndicate including each of your companies, as well as possibly others, as
participants (Lenders) in the Traunche B loan participation to Boots & Coots
International  Well Control, Inc. ("Boots & Coots"), a copy of which is
attached hereto. As such inducement, Boots & Coots binds itself to the
additional terms set forth below:

1.   Boots & Coots will pay to Lenders as additional interest on the outstanding
     balance of the Traunche B loan an amount equal to an additional four
     percent (4%) of the loan balance in shares of the $.00001 par value common
     stock of Boots & Coots ("Common Stock"), based upon the closing bid price
     per share, as of April 11, 2000, payable upon an increase in the
     authorization therefor at the next meeting of the shareholders of Boots & Coots.

2.   At funding of the Traunche B loan, Boots & Coots shall issue to Lenders
     warrants to purchase Common Stock of Boots & Coots, (subject to and payable
     upon an increase in the authorization therefore at the next meeting of the
     shareholders of Boots & Coots,) based on the closing bid price per share
     as of April 11, 2000, on the basis of one (1) warrant for each Dollar
     funded, when and as funded.

3.   All Common Stock, whether issued, or underlying warrants, shall be subject
     to a registration rights agreement which shall provide the holders thereof
     with piggyback registration rights to participate in any subsequent
     registration filed by Boots & Coots with the Securities and Exchange
     Commission, and shall provide for one (1) demand registration right at any
     time after
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