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At Colorado Firecamp, we frequently get calls and e-mails from a mom or dad, asking about helping their son or daughter get started as a wildland firefighter. As often as not, it's the parents who send us the payment for the class. Recently, we got something a little different, as a big sister (and former student) got her brother enrolled with the e-mail messages below, sent from Baghdad, Iraq:

Good Morning –

I am hoping that you still have a slot available in your S-130/190 class, which includes that pack test for red card. If so I would like to add my brother to the list for the January 18th – 21st class. I will send him with a check. I will be paying for it, so the check will be from me. Let me know as soon as possible if this is a go.

Thanks so much

Perfect! I know that I don’t know you all that well, but while he is there can you provide him some guidance. He is new to the area and really wants to get into wild land firefighting, but feels frustrated and afraid he won’t find a job. Perhaps you can talk with him about were to start. I have always worked on the structural side of things and don’t have much insight on the wild land side other than small brush fires. I would be greatly appreciative of this. I am doing the best that I can with him as far as getting him enrolled in classes and such. However I am doing a tour in Iraq as a firefighter so I am limited on some things.

Have a great day, and I hope he enjoys the class as much as I did.

We have also had contact with families on the other end of a firefighter's career — after a fatality fire. Words cannot express the obligation we feel make sure that lessons are learned.

It was our honor and privelege to hike to the Cramer Fire fatality site with the Heath family on July 23rd, 2006 — the day after the memorial dedication on the third anniversary of the tragedy.

Despite the overcast weather, this is the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland on a good day, when the flags are flown at full-staff.


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