@jeffing65 @DivaMarie @godallmighty
Things were just different then 30-40 years ago in the West. Ranchers, farmers, fishermen, and loggers were respected…smoke jumpers were heroes!
I never had any fear as a kid, not at least from my fellow man, my dad sent me on those jobs because he knew I could do it and it needed to be done!
He was not afraid I would be arrested, he was the one who told me to camp with the convicts.
And those guys were great! I would open the spigots and run out the lines for their showers and they always made sure I got to the head of the line and got enough to eat!
I carried a gun, well simply because that was how I was raised, but I never felt safer! Those guys would come off the line covered in soot and ash, bloody and grimey, and they would ask “how I was doing?” They were bad men, theives, bank robbers, some even killers…but when fire threatened we all answered the call! Occasionally we would lose a crew to fire, or a smoke jumpers chute wouldn’t open…we would mourn and go back to work. We had common cause and a common enemy! We fought the fires together.
It just seems so different now.
Read in the paper the EPA was handing out $75,000 fines for guys on fire crews having the wrong fuel line on their chainsaw?!