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Mon Aug 31, 2015, 07:55 PM

Gritty, Dirty, and Dedicated: Portraits of Wildland Firefighters

This article is a couple weeks old, happened before the fires blew up in WA, ID, MT. Thank you firefighters for the work you do. Stay strong, stay safe.


http://proof.nationalgeographic.com/2015/08/20/firefighters/
The best part of my job as a photographer for National Geographic is meeting wonderful people along they way, like the Salt Lake Unified Authority fire crew.

On paper, the crew isnít the elite of the elite. There are several types of firefighters on wildfires. Type one crews are called hotshots. The Salt Lake team is type two, called an initial attack handcrew, but they may as well be on top. The crew is every bit as hard working and professional as the best hotshot crews Iíve worked with.


McKay DeGering, 21, a chain saw operator (sawyer) on the Salt Lake Unified Fire Authority crew at the Fork Complex fires near Hayfork, California.

ďItís not about the name, itís about the job. We donít claim to be hotshots, but we try to bring our caliber of work to that level,Ē says Mike DeGering, the crewís foreman and a full-time structure firefighter. DeGering spends his summers helping lead the teamówhich includes his brother McKay (pictured above.) ďIím not out here to be a hot shot crew or a smokejumper. Iím happy to mop up behind,Ē he says.

The work isnít easy at any level.........

(more writing and photos at link

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Mon Aug 31, 2015, 08:08 PM

1. bless them for all they are doing. K&R

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Mon Aug 31, 2015, 09:03 PM

2. K & R...

incredibly dangerous work. Really tough folks there...

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Mon Aug 31, 2015, 10:40 PM

3. kick

 

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