National Wildfire Suppression Association Member Assist in Firefighting Efforts in Southern California

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NWSA Member Companies which are private sector fire contractors have been ordered up to assist in the efforts to fight the wildfires in Southern California. Members from Montana, Northern California, Nevada, Oregon & Washington have been ordered. Resources ordered are National Crews, Engines, Time Keepers, and Timber Faller Teams.

Companies of the National Wildfire Suppression Association have been dispatched to aid in the firefighting efforts with the raging infernos. Our goal is to compliment the efforts of the agencies to help put these fires out.

Some of the Resources sent out are:
Grayback Forestry has sent one fire engine and a 20 person crew on out of their Northern California location. Firestorm Wildland Fire Suppression Inc. of Chico, California has sent out two 20 person crews to the staging area in San Bernadino to be assigned to fire duty. All Terrain Corp/ATWC Fire Support of Ukiah, CA has 3 tactical tenders at the Witch fire and a THERMO GEL mixing plant for helicopter support stationed at Fallbrook, CA.

Diamond Fire has sent out one 20 person crew to the Santiago Fire. Northwest Timber Fallers has sent out a Timber Faller Team to assist in Southern California. Several contractors out of Oregon, Nevada, Idaho, Washington and Montana have sent engines to assist. NWSA Member Companies are Professional Wildland Fire Contractors that provide a variety of services to the agencies throughout the United States to aid in firefighting and emergency response situation. Many of them were called up to help with the shuttle recovery as well as Hurricane Katrina. These services are provided through contracts/agreements with the agencies. There are 130 twenty person contract crews available for dispatch through the PNW Interagency Crew Agreement. In addition there are 400+ fire engines and tenders available from many different regions in the U.S. by NWSA Members.

Some of those resources include 20 person hand crews, fire engines, water tenders, dozers, hand washing units, and timber faller modules. Many of our members have been in this business for over 20 years, and are a wealth of knowledge in fire suppression.

NWSA members are highly trained and qualified individuals that include the school teacher, the college student, and your neighbor next door, they are the men and women of America that are working hard to ensure that our environment escapes as much damage as possible from the ravages of fire. NWSA membership is over 200 strong and includes includes members from twelve different states.

"We are glad to help our neighbors in the battle of their life against the enemy Fire. That is what our members are trained and ready to do." "Our goal is the same as any other cooperator helping on the fires to help protect, lives, homes and the environment from the flames of fire." Says Debbie Miley, the Executive Director for the National Wildfire Suppression Association.

The members of the NWSA throughout the U.S. stand ready to provide additional resources as needed. For more information on NWSA, visit http://www.nwsa.us or e-mail. You may also reach Debbie Miley, Executive Director of NWSA at 1-877-676-NWSA (6972).

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