At fire camp, life starts around 5 a.m. Crews roll out of their tents into the cool morning glow of floodlights; it’s time for morning briefing at 6 a.m.
In an alfalfa field near Cle Elum, Washington, crews are informed of the overall fire strategy including where firelines are being constructed, what obstacles they may experience, if there will be air operations, and what structures may be threatened. During the briefing, each team is assigned to a specific area in the fire and receives a briefing map.
On this chilly morning, a fire crew is heading to the Northwest section of the fire, ‘Division W’, which firefighters call ‘Division Whiskey.’ By using this term, there is no confusion about what division each person is talking about. Communication is key, especially when it comes to fire and safety.
Firefighters are well taken care of at fires. According to Dennis Donovan…
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