A Guide to Firefighters: Locals and Those From Far Away (Can You Believe We Have a Crew From Puerto Rico Here?)
First, (and our personal favorite,) the homegrown crews who work for free with our Volunteer Departments. However, they get paid while they work with Cal Fire on these big incidents…There are also salaried firefighters from departments around the state and beyond…. Of course, there are the Cal Fire folks… …sometimes the inmate hand crews work closely with them. There’s the California Conservation Crews: Then there’s the National Guard…. And, finally, there’s the US Forest Service (USFS). We have crews here from across the United States. Below are few handsome folks from Florida but there are members of the USFS here from as far away as Puerto Rico.
Chelsea Ealum, a Communications and public relations coordinator, for this crew told us, “In years past when Florida was been experiencing uncontrolled forest fires, California crews came here. We’re happy to be able to return the favor.”
And we’re really happy all these folks are here to help! Thanks to them and to all the fighters of hot flames and thick smoke.