Wildland Fire Community Mourns the Loss of Firefighters on Yarnell Hill Fire

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As news continues to be released on the tragedy on the Yarnell Hill Fire, member companies of the National Wildfire Suppression Association mourn along with our brothers and sisters on the loss of our fellow firefighters.

"We worry about our folks on the line today and everyday and have confidence that we have trained them well," - Deborah Miley, NWSA Executive Director

Wildfire destroys everything in its path. With a mere shift of the wind, it can become a monster endangering those who don’t understand its nature. Federal, state, local government and private firefighter skills are honed by arduous and constant training required to fight wildland fires and survive. Still firefighters lives can be lost, and we mourn with our brothers and sister over the tragedy on Yarnell Hill Fire.

Those in the firefighting industry who have suffered such crisis know all too well the agony of trying to locate next of kin, bringing home and laying to rest their fallen firefighters and consoling the families and crews. The exhaustion of crisis is bone deep and the memories last a lifetime.

In the fire community whether it be agency, cooperator or contract resources, the goal is always the same, to accomplish your mission and get everyone home.

Firefighters train, practice and review lessons from tragedies past, and while all will all stop to contemplate the lives of those lost, they are prepared to battle the wildfires that will surely continue in the West this summer.

Safety is always first in this industry and belief in the motto "Everyone Goes Home."

This crisis will simply reinforce efforts to ensure that 10 Standard Fire orders, communication and teamwork are always foremost on the minds of all our firefighters out there on the lines as we remember those lost on Yarnell Hill Fire and those who perished before them.

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