I just discovered this site through a message on the Tiller fire web site. My boyfriend is fighting fire for the USFS out of Sisters. We have both been volunteers for our small town fire department for a number of years but this is the first time either one of us has made it a full time job.
I am an ICU nurse in my professional life. He is off saving the world while I am saving just one life at a time. Sometimes I think if I could fall a tree or two during my day like he does it would sure help the stress level!
I read back over several days worth of messages and I love what’s going on here. I want to jump in and become part of this community. I watch the news religiously and log on to the BLM website several times a day to check the updates. One night there were three injuries listed for the Tiller fire. I had trouble sleeping that night because I was afraid it might be my ff. I live on the end of a dead end road and every time a car drives up I have to look and see if it’s the State Police coming to deliver a death notice. Then I hear him on the phone and I can tell that he is LOVING this job. I know the adrenaline rush that comes with taming the beast and I’ve learned to breathe through “code 3 fever”. I do feel a little left out even though I worry.
He’s supposedly coming home this weekend. I can’t wait to see him and I’m considering all the suggestions you have made to others on this site about welcoming him home.
Thanks for being here and for ‘listening’