Diving Into the Flames

Several months ago, I headed down to Fort Campbell to join the Department of Public Work’s Forestry Division as a Wildfire Suppression Technician.  Basically, I run around the base and the back areas putting out the fires that the army and special forces start. 

While most of the fires on base put themselves out or are in the Impact Areas where we are not allowed to go due to Unexploded Ordinance (UXOs), active ranges and a multitude of other reasons that are too numerous to list, there are several fires that we are called out to fight.  Then, there are those that we light as prescribed burns. 

We have burned hundreds of acres of grasslands, fields and forests.  We ride around on ATVs, 4 wheelers, and pump trucks loaded down with hundreds of gallons of water, lighting stuff on fire and watching it burn. 

This job isn’t just fun and games.  Fire is dangerous.  We take all the precautions that we can, all the way from planning to having somebody up in the Fire Tower, 100 feet above watching the smoke drift up from the landscape.  We enjoy what we do because we know what we are doing and have been trained to react to the dangers that we face. 

God Bless and PEACE


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