Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Standing Behind Our Firefighters

Seasonal wildland firefighters have returned to protect approximately 16 million acres of Oregon's forest.  Trained and ready they respond with red lights and sirens (when authorized) to keep wildfires small and controlled within a day.  The seasonal firefighters are the backbone on the wildfire firefighting force.

Behind them is everyone else.

Employees from State Forest Management, Administration, Resource Planning, Private Forests, Urban and Community Forestry, and others in the Protection from Fire Program provide the support and sometimes complete the wildland firefighting work initiated by the seasonal firefighters.  Our strength in wildfire suppression comes from everyone being in it together, either by directly helping with the firefighting effort or filling in for others.  It is time to pack your fire bag and gather your field gear together.  A tent, sleeping bag and foam pad are available from the Department upon request if you do not want to use your own.

Seasonal wildland firefighters, a whole bunch of us have got your back.

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