Firefighters throughout Pennsylvania returned home after controlling wildfires in Idaho, Montana and Oregon. The 14-day mission includes putting out hot spots and cutting down trees. As one group returns another group departs for Montana. Firefighters carry 30-55 pounds of gear during their safety efforts.
Firefighter, Tony Bardzioouskas says the experiences they gain out West provides beneficial experiences for them at their stations in PA.
He says, “A lot of our training and what we do applies out of state. So what we learn out there we bring back to help our program in State.”