I have been reading this board since May. Everything about these posts interests me, and I have been provided an incredible education about wildland firefighting. I need to speak up and echo Sammi in her call for sensibility and drastic changes
My 24 year-old son just finished his 3rd season, having had both private contractor and USFS employment. I have come to fear and worry MORE about the irresponsibility of some employees and supervisors than any rational fear of fire. There have been drugs (private contractor), alcohol, speeding, the destruction of government property â€“ incidents occurred “on the job” and some were insane behaviors on days off (which have after-effects to consider). I’ve heard enough to last a lifetime. My son loves fire work! He wants to go back!â€¨â€¨Has he been well trained for fire? You bet! Does he feel safe on the fire? Yes, he says. Does he FULLY understand what’s at issue? I think Sammi has profiled young mens’ thinking, even the best ones, very clearly.â€¨â€¨To Sammi and many others – thank you for your wisdom, strength, and fortitude. Tell me how I can make a difference now.