As Fire Season Begins in Areas the Members of the National Wildfire Suppression Association Gear Up to Answer the Call

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Member companies of the National Wildfire Suppression Association are gearing up for a busy fire season as drought persists in many areas of the United States.

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"Our member companies stand ready to assist when the call comes in to help with wildfire suppression efforts across the US, we can field more than 10,000 trained firefighters when there is a need." , Deborah Miley,, NWSA Executive Director

As many states recognize May as National Wildfire Awareness month, member companies of the National Wildfire Suppression Association prepare for a busy fire season in 2015.

Many states have already seen fires in places like California, Nevada, and the east coast, a clear sign of persistent drought conditions in many areas. Severe to extreme drought conditions have persisted in the the Western states and look ot continue through the 2015 fire season, with the potential to make it one of most significant fire seasons in the past 10 years.

The professional private fire services are spending this spring training up wildland firefighters, having training records and fire equipment inspected to ensure they meet all requirements of their agreements with the local, state and federal agencies.

The private wildland fire industry trains more than 10,000 wildland firefighters and can provide up to 11000 pieces of fire equipment on an as needed basis when the calls come in.

As Tim Murphy, Region 1 USFS Contract Liason stated, "If it were not for the markings on the vehicles you would not know the difference between private and agency." Up to 40% of all fire response resources across the United States come from the private fire services, and they are call when needed resources, so they are a great addition to the agency fire suppression tool box when additional resources are needed.

So as homeowners in fire prone areas prepare for a potentially dangerous fire season, there are firefighters preparing to help defend life, property and our environment when the call comes in. NWSA member companies take their role in the wildland fire suppression arena very serious, and are proud to stand with the agency partners to help stop the flames.    All firefighters spend many hours in training and preparing for the fire season, and will be ready when we are needed anywhere across the United States.

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