Imagine carrying over 50 pounds of equipment in intense heat, through mountainous terrain, facing raging, out-of-control fires. This is what 6,000 brave California firefighters are doing day after day.
These brave men and women are working 24-hour shifts risking their lives to save others from these disastrous fires ravaging California from north to south. They are coming from every part of the state, and some from out of state, to assist the local firefighting crews and Cal Fire. We have gone from a state with a defined fire season to what is now a way of life.
The dirty air that many of us have been breathing the last few days has been described as "unhealthy." To the men and women on the fire lines, the smoke and toxic fumes can be deadly.
CAAA condemns the remarks of President Trump threatening to cut funding to California, and we stand firmly with the California Professional Firefighters and their president Brian Rice who said in a statement, "At this moment, thousands of our brother and sister firefighters are putting their lives on the line to protect lives and property of thousands. Some of them are doing so even as their own homes are in ruins. In my view, this shameful attack on California is an attack on all our courageous men and women on the front lines."
We don't know when and where the next fire will erupt, but we do know that our firefighters will be there to fight it with all their might and resources.
For them, we are thankful.