Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Rest in Peace Brave Souls--You Will Forever Remain Heroes

On June 30, 2013, America lost 19 more heroes.  While fighting a 2000 acre wildfire south of Prescott, Arizona, 19 of 20 crew members of the elite Granite Mountain Hotshots perished.  It is just another example of how much fire fighters risk when they protect our homes and families. Thank you to all the fire personnel in the U. S. and around the world for keeping us safe.

Interagency hotshot crew (IHC) or hotshot crew is a handcrew of 20 firefighters specially trained in wildfire suppression tactics.  There are over one hundred IHCs in operation in the U. S. and the first hotshot crews started in California in the late 1940s.  A smoke jumper is a firefighter who parachutes into a remote area to combat wildfires.  Russia and the U. S. have employed smoke jumpers since the 1930s.

The following are books and movies that will familiarize us with the hazardous and extraordinary work of wildland firefighters:

Firestorm by Nevada Barr
The Big Burn by Timothy Egan
The Smokejumper by Nicholas Evans
Black Fire by Robert Graysmith
Fire by Sebastian Junger
Firestorm at Peshtigo by William Lutz
Fire and Ashes: On the Front Lines of American Wildfire by John N. Maclean
Young Men and Fire by Norman Maclean
The Wildfire Season by Andrew Pyper
Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts

Always (DVD)
Firelight (DVD)
Fire Wars (DVD)

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the lost.  Rest in Peace.

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