Nerd, Taz, Fire Momma, et al – thank you for your humorous posts during a stressful fire season. Many have provided retrospection thoughts and good western perspective advice to those new to dealing with the fire scene, especially those who lived the WF life during old coyote camp times with no hot meal/shower/clean sox/etc. and no such thing as a cell phone!
The “hostage” of someone’s “stuffy” reminded me of a co-workers missing fish – it sent a series of post cards, letters & pictures from many states as far away as 3,000 miles; one letter included a copy of it’s travel expense claim (copies of all receipts & signed by the sup).
Nerd, your 8/28 introduction to a Wildland Fire Fighter reminded me of an article that was posted on another wildland website a couple of yrs ago; it was titled, “So you want to be a Hot Shot” – hysterical! and very close to the real truth about picnicking in the woods.
Addendum to the BBQ theory: never let a male IA WFF near your fireplace!
Winter advice: do not ask a rappeller to clean the roof gutters, nor let a jumper trim any trees. If you want fresh ground broke for a spring garden, hand a pulaski/shovel to the groundpounder. Engine “slugs” can install a new sprinkler system (similar to a hose lay). Some structure FFs are better utilized restringing lawn chairs. Unfortunately dispatchers will tell you where to go. Fallers will be more than willing to bring home a new supply of firewood, if someone else will stack it. For sure someone has a fuzee if anyone needs grass or brush cleared, if not bet there is a drip torch in someone’s pickuptruck. (there is a sign in front of house that reads “no heavy equipment”).
gee, did I miss anyone? ALL IN FUN EVERYONE, ALL IN FUN! but, consider my advice before they pack their redbags and disappear next season.
Fall is in the air here, but smokey. be safe everyone!