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Old 07-18-2013, 08:52 PM   #10471
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Oh yes, this is yearly for us. I am also on the 3rd call for volunteers as medical and 5th call as cook. That means I will be a third wave or 5th wave of a volunteer force if they need us.

Yearly? Wow. I may moan about dull, wet weather, but I don't have to deal with that kind of stress!

On the other hand, the volunteering thing sounds (if it isn't utterly crass to say so), quite exciting. Have you ever been called?
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:56 PM   #10472
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Yearly? Wow. I may moan about dull, wet weather, but I don't have to deal with that kind of stress!

On the other hand, the volunteering thing sounds (if it isn't utterly crass to say so), quite exciting. Have you ever been called?
Yes, I've done medical 7 times. It's quite stressful. The cooking is just fun and goofy! Mostly handing out sandwiches and water to the firefighters. The volunteers are the first ones moved out if the fire shifts.
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:03 PM   #10473
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Yearly? Wow. I may moan about dull, wet weather, but I don't have to deal with that kind of stress!

On the other hand, the volunteering thing sounds (if it isn't utterly crass to say so), quite exciting. Have you ever been called?
It's one of the joys of living in North America. There are thousands and thousands of hectares of forest on fire in Quebec (hundreds of kilometres north of here, phew). They have overheated the Hydro electric lines and we have been having power outages because of it.
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:07 PM   #10474
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Yes, I've done medical 7 times. It's quite stressful. The cooking is just fun and goofy! Mostly handing out sandwiches and water to the firefighters. The volunteers are the first ones moved out if the fire shifts.

You know? I need to hear about this sort of thing. It truly does put my own petty concerns into perspective.

I bet the firefighters love you for those sandwiches! (It was dreadful to hear about the firefighters who died in Arizona just recently.)
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:13 PM   #10475
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You know? I need to hear about this sort of thing. It truly does put my own petty concerns into perspective.

I bet the firefighters love you for those sandwiches! (It was dreadful to hear about the firefighters who died in Arizona just recently.)
One of those young men was from Montana. The Smokejumper School is just outside of town.

I am a geriatric nurse and volunteering to help in the first aid tents is the most excitement I can handle. I'm always happy to get back to my patients.
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It's one of the joys of living in North America. There are thousands and thousands of hectares of forest on fire in Quebec (hundreds of kilometres north of here, phew). They have overheated the Hydro electric lines and we have been having power outages because of it.

I had no idea Taxlady! I have been to Canada and (please don't be offended here), but I expected it to be very cold! In fact, it was really hot and humid (this was in September in Toronto). It honestly never occurred to me that major fires would be an issue in Canada.

(BTW, I loved Canada and have every intention of going back).
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I had no idea Taxlady! I have been to Canada and (please don't be offended here), but I expected it to be very cold! In fact, it was really hot and humid (this was in September in Toronto). It honestly never occurred to me that major fires would be an issue in Canada.

(BTW, I loved Canada and have every intention of going back).
No offence taken. Some tourists show up in Montreal in summer with skis.
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No offence taken. Some tourists show up in Montreal in summer with skis.
What? Skis don't provide protection from the sun?!?
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:28 PM   #10479
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One of those young men was from Montana. The Smokejumper School is just outside of town.

I am a geriatric nurse and volunteering to help in the first aid tents is the most excitement I can handle. I'm always happy to get back to my patients.

I guess the training school is there because that is where the expertise is.

I couldn't do what you do PF. Hats off to you.

(Oh, and that means "kudos" - I must remember to be less English!)
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What? Skis don't provide protection from the sun?!?
Speaking from experience, I recently had to survive horrendously hot hot days in Ontario and North Dakota, and no A/C to be found, except in my car.
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