Hi Dawn and all,
Hope you don’t mind if I join the discussion. I have two sons that fight fire, one is a smokejumper one is a fos and on an overhead team, I also have a future daughter in law that fights fire and a daughter in law that used to fight fire. The youngest to start fighting fire is our nephew. This is his second year. Also we lost a 22 year old son on Storm King. So, much of our family has been in fire over 10 years.
Why do they do it? They love it. Do I worry? YES but my kids are grown and we always told them to do what they loved no matter what it was. Our sons always tell us that their bro is taking care of them. You just have to learn to have faith and to trust their instincts, hope they have learned from the best and if they don’t feel right about something, that they refuse to do it. I know of more than one instant since storm king that firefighters have refused do what was asked of them and because they did, they are alive today because the fire blew up.
If you want to find out about a fire beside the sit report and etc? You can always go on the internet and look up local newspaper and tv stations. They usually have a story on most big fires. Such as the Oregonian about Oregon fires also Channel 6 or 2. In Colorado the Rocky Mt, News and Channel 9 news.
Hope to hear from you again.
Hang in there.