Truly tragic events out west. My dad has been a firefighter for 35 years, and they are so underappreciated. Things like this really hit close to home
OT: 19 Firefighters killed in Arizona
With the military and police officers. They run towards danger when everyone else run away from it. Prayers go out to their loved ones...
As a firefighter I warn everyone now, this fire season is already deadly it's going to get worse. We are super dry on the west coast. Please clear your homes at least 100 feet of any brush I prefer 300. When you are told to evacuate GET OUT so we can do our jobs. When we have to protect you we risk our lives and yours. We then can not protect your house. We thoughts and prayers are with those 19 families.
Mad respect to you, my friend.
Where you work? I've been on the job here in Macon, Ga for 12 years.
Even the death of one fire fighter is too many.
The worst thing is when you're talking wildfire FF deaths they usually come in groups. They truly are underappreciated. These FF's where from the Hotshot fire crew and they do the nastiest work, on the nastiest fires all over the southwest.
Reading up on this a bit this AM, it sounds like the wind did a complete 180 (due to an outflow boundary from a monsoon thunderstorm further to the north). And they were then trapped, awful.
I want to express my deepest sympathies to the friends and family of these 19 brave firefighters who lost their lives trying to ensure the safety of others. You all are the true heroes and role models in our society. Without people like you, this would not be the greatest country in the world to live in. Much respect and appreciation for the job you do and the risks you take every day.
When I first heard it on the news, I didn't think I heard it correctly. I wish I had. This is a terrible tragedy. Thoughts and prayers go out to the families.
Thats what pisses me off about this country, people that save our lives on daily basis never get appreciated and very underpaid...people are making millions now days for no reason, and these guys are still getting paid low wages...such a tragedy in Arizona, prayers and thoughts to their families
Is that only an issue in the country? Serious question as I don't know how bad we are compared to others with wage differential for these workers
And I agree with you. Just curious mostly
for the number of close calls I've had over the years. In fact I am sitting in physical therapy right now recovering from an accident in May. The thing is most of us love the job and our brothers so much we wouldn't do anything else.
Yet, there are probably hundreds of applicants every time there is a position open. If firefighters are so woefully underpaid, why are people lining up for the job? Maybe there are other benefits like getting to fulfill a sense of duty or lifelong dream that can't be measured in salary. I'm also sure that a percentage of firefighters are adrenaline junkies that couldn't get their fix from a regular 9 to 5 job.
I think some of your "useless calls" are a problem of our system. This is not meant to be political and it is second hand knowledge, but my elderly neighbor HAD to be picked up for dialysis by an ambulance or Medicare wouldn't pay for it. I don't know what their situation was or if this is even true, but I have no reason not to believe her husband.
So basically, would I risk my life for a firefighter's salary? No way, but I don't WANT to be a firefighter. It would be great if our dream jobs all paid six figures, but that's just not reality.
The wind is always hard to judge, but a big gust is all it takes to turn "routine" into a tragedy. Those 19 were elite. For them to all get flashed over means something freakish happened. God bless all my brothers and sisters who place themselves in the path of danger. Two in, two out, and be safe.
And the temp outside was already 94 degrees. Really feel badly for the people that have to work outside
I live in Vegas also. Any cool spots to watch UM sports?
GOD bless their souls
I have an uncle that was a firefighter in Prescott, Arizona back in the day. He's since retired, but wow. My prayers are with the families who lost loved ones to this blaze and with the brave men still fighting it.
Thanks just cannot equal what these brave men and women do for us.
These situations always renew the reality of how selfless firefighters are.
My dad is working this particular fire (he is a volunteer for search & rescue in Prescott) and called on his way out... told me at the time the wind was really bad. Ultimately that shift in the wind is what got them trapped, from what I understand.
Losing 1 firefighter is beyond awful. 19 is pretty much unfathomable.
I live in Phoenix and this fire happened about 65 miles northwest of the valley in a small town called Yarnell. Half of the cities 500 homes were completely destroyed and this fire went from 8 acres to 6,000 acres in little over 24 hours. This was the worst wildfire ff fatality in 80 years in the USA. The Hot Shots were from Prescott AZ and were very prepared to fight fires like this one. The wind pattern changed drastically and caught them off guard and out of position. My thoughts and prayers go out to those affected in Yarnell and the family and friend of the firefighters lost. These men were true heroes!
Take a moment to remember that most of the 150 work related deaths that will occur today are among fisherman, roofers, and construction workers.
This is just a horrible tragedy.
Condolences to the families and communities.
Built in 1913 and off the beaten track, it's the site of an annual memorial tribute attended by fightfighters from all parts of the city. But after 9/11 it took on a new life as a gathering place for all of us. I couldn't help thinking about that this morning, all those firemen continuing up the stairs as they were helping so many others make their way down. For those firefighters and families who may not feel appreciated, it's hard for us here not to think of them every time we see a firetruck go by or even the laughing guys pile out of the truck to pick up take-out. I wonder if neighbors have left flowers today like they did then.