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At least 53 firefighters have lost their homes to a wildfire in Butte County, and that number is expected to grow.
The International Association of Firefighters reported those losses as the Camp Fire has grown to 111,000 acres at 25 percent containment as of Sunday evening.
“To see the number of them that were out there fighting the fire knowing that their own homes were lost, it’s unbelievable,” Tim Aboudara with the association said.
The IAFF set up a disaster relief center for firefighters in Chico and helped more than a dozen emergency responders.
“He was just blocks away from his own home, engaged in a fire fight, well aware that his own home was probably on fire,” Aboudara said about a firefighter who visited the center. “He had to stay on mission and keep doing his job.”
originally posted by: dothedew
Several years ago, I went to go watch a house fire in my old neighborhood.
Approximately 20 firefighters showed up.
45 minutes into containment, they stopped spraying. Literally, they were standing around texting on their phones.
I noticed there was still a fire burning in the attic, which was going completely unnoticed; I tried to bring them to their attention, where they told me to shut up and get back and let the "professionals" handle the situation.
20 minutes later of them standing around and texting and not doing a goddamn thing about anything, the bulk of the house caught on fire once again. This happened again afterward, putting them on scene for around 4 hours.
3 hours of which was completely THEIR fault, and nobody or nothing else's.
I'm not saying it's a widespread problem, but I watched it happen with my own eyes..... Cost the owners their house, but the responders got some nice overtime out of it.
These overtime payments indicate an average workweek of more than 100 hours, said Fellner, director of research for the Nevada-based nonprofit.
“This is a recipe for disaster given the life-or-death situations firefighters routinely encounter,” Fellner said of the long hours it would take to incur so much overtime.
Los Angeles officials, however, say the report fails to explain the complex reasons for its firefighter overtime: a five-year hiring freeze coupled with the retirements of seasoned firefighters have led to long-standing staffing shortages amid a rise in emergency response.
originally posted by: Cauliflower
Could be what the Trump Tweets were referring too.
originally posted by: DigginFoTroof
When we take into account the fact that Cali has the most debt of any state in the Union and constantly asks for federal aid in whatever category possible (and they try to make up new categories whenever possible)...