Monday, August 24, 2015

American Samoan Firefighters Join California Fire Battles

Petr Kratochvil photo

Fighting the fires in the western portions of the United States has required manpower that many regions simply do not have.  Fire fighters from Samoa have arrived in California to battle fires in the northern portion of the state.

Samoa News reports:

A 16-person National Park of American Samoa (NPAS) crew and crew leader departed Wednesday night from American Samoa for Northern California to fight wild land fires for 30-days.

Once in California, the national park’s fire crew will receive their assignment and work side-by-side with fire crews from across the nation, the NPAS said in a news release yesterday.

Park Superintendent Scott Burch the local wild land firefighters represent a talented mix of employees from the national park, the American Samoa Government, and local businesses from both Tutuila and the Manu’a islands.

“We are proud to send our crew to help protect natural resources and keep communities safe during this severe fire season on the mainland,” Burch said. “The skill and dedication of our Samoan crew is well known and very much respected on the mainland and fire crews there are eager for our crew to come join them in their work.”

Here's the team after their arrival:

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