Kentucky firefighters head to Utah to help battle wildfires
The firefighters left on Wednesday.
Wildlife Biologist Joe Metzmeier
Crew Boss Dwayne Anderson
LEXINGTON, KY (WLEX) - Utah firefighters need extra help battling wildfires and some
Kentucky firefighters are heading that way to lend a helping
Relief crews are headed to Utah to aid firefighters battling
wildfires for weeks. The Kentucky Division of Forestry is sending
21 firefighters to assist with wildfires in big timber, juniper
and grass. Their specific tasks up in the air.
"You may end up setting up pumps using water hoses or do good ol'
back breaking grubbing...chainsaw work," said Wildlife Biologist
The firefighters go fully equipped and camp out for two weeks.
It's a dangerous job as the nation was sadly reminded after 19
Arizona firefighters died battling wildfires there, in June.
"Basically, you're not to let your guard down...you have look
outs, communication and escape routes in place," said Crew Boss
Dwayne Anderson. "You do the best job your trained to do."
The U.S. Forest Service put out the request for extra help, now
these Kentucky Firefighters are on their way.
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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