While Arizona firefighters from multiple agencies responded to major wildland fires, such as the Wallow, Horseshoe 2 and Monument blazes, the Arizona State Forestry Division provided valuable support to mobilize more than 100 responding fire departments from cities, rural fire districts, and volunteer fire organizations. Additionally, the Division also dispatched several private fire service companies.
“This is the largest deployment of local fire department resources in Arizona history,” explains David Geyer, the State Fire Management Officer. “We felt fortunate to watch well-equipped, well-trained firefighters answer the call to duty, at times putting their own lives on the line.” There’s been an unprecedented sense of teamwork this season, with more than 200 fire engines/water tenders deployed on behalf of local fire departments and private organizations throughout the state, protecting lives and property. “Each engine is staffed by a crew of highly trained men and women who left their families to help fellowArizona residents.” he continued.
Hundreds of personnel responded to fires across Arizona and now many are returning home for rest and to maintain to their equipment. “They’re seizing a well-earned retreat before their next fire-response” Geyer noted. The timing couldn’t be better with high winds and low relative humidity forecasted across Arizona next week.
“Before another fire starts, take the time to thank your local firefighters; they are heroes,” Geyer urges the public.
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