YAKIMA, WWash.-- Every
summer the heat gets to be too much for many of us, but for some families it
has taken more from them then most can imagine.
temperatures bring the threat of wildfires, and officials say safety is their
highest concern when it comes to battling the flames.
the deaths of 19 firefighters in Arizona on Sunday, has reopened the wounds for
the families of four firefighters who were killed in the 30-Mile Fire in
Winthrop in 2001.
Fitzpatrick's daughter died while fighting the 30-Mile Fire. Ken Weaver's son was fighting next to
Fitzpatrick and also died in that fire.
both feel the pain of the families who lost loved ones in Arizona on Sunday.
the numbness starts to wear off, I recall thinking really vividly, my god, this
is going to happen to other people. The
thought of anybody else going through that just tore me up," Weaver said
with questions about who sent those men and women into the burning hillsides,
officials said they have a plan to keep firefighters safe and they are never
asked to go into a deadly situation.
Commissioner of Public Lands, Peter Goldmark, said firefighters are never told
to go into those situations.
are never asked to enter a situation that could be risky to their well-being. The whole point of firefighting and safety
is to make sure firefighters are only deployed in a situation where they can be
safe and secure," Goldmark said.
also said firefighters go through a week long, intensive training course for
these situations and follow the acronym LCES, which stands for: lookout,
communication, escape routes and safety zones.
The Forest Service has made changes since the 30-Mile Fire to keep fire
fighters safer in extreme condidtions.