Florida Forest Service Sends Crews To Battle Wildfire In California

June 30, 2015

Florida has sent 40 land firefighters to assist with wildfire suppression efforts in California.

“Florida Forest Service wildland firefighters are a key component and valuable asset among the national firefighting community. We are committed to protecting lives, homes and natural resources from the devastating effects of wildfire both at home and abroad,” said Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam.

Two initial-attack hand crews, consisting of 35 Florida Forest Service wildland firefighters and five firefighters from partnering agencies, traveled to California, where they will receive assignment to the highest priority wildfire. Hand crews assist with front-line firefighting and mop-up operations using hand tools such as shovels, axes and rakes to manually create a fire break or fire line around the wildfire perimeter.

“This type of work can be exhausting and hazardous due to California’s extreme terrain and intense flames. By assisting other states, our wildland firefighters will build upon their first-class training and experience to become an even stronger firefighting organization for the citizens of Florida,” said Jim Karels, State Forester.


One Response to “Florida Forest Service Sends Crews To Battle Wildfire In California”

  1. chillywilly on July 1st, 2015 9:41 am

    Gov Scott approves 2 Million for a Sea Wall for a golf course in
    South Florida and yet he vetoes and cuts a $ 2000 a year pay raise
    For Florida Forrest Service firefighters having to support their families on
    27,000 a year. Shame on you Gov Scott. This is what you voted for.
    Northwest Florida.

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