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  • Jerry Tannhauser
    ... From: ArmyLINK News Story To: ARMYLINKNEWS-L@DTIC.MIL Date: Thursday, August 31, 2000 5:49 AM
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      From: ArmyLINK News Story <armylinknews_sender@...>
      Date: Thursday, August 31, 2000 5:49 AM
      Subject: Soldiers continue fire-line work

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      >by Russ Goemaere and Daniel Hobson
      > NINEMILE COMPLEX, Mont. (Army News Service, Aug. 28, 2000) --The
      challenge: constructing a dirt path with axes, picks, and other basic
      fire-fighting hand tools up part of a steep Montana hillside that's more
      than three times taller than the Empire State Building in New York.
      > Soldiers from Team Warhorse of Task Force Lumberjack the day rising
      to the challenge in an effort to curb the spread of a complex of fires that
      have burned more than 21,000 acres in the Ninemile area of western Montana.
      > "These guys do the best fire-fighting work, real Type I hotshot
      work," said Mark Nunez, the advisor for Strike Team Warhorse. Nunez, based
      out of Los Padres National Forest in Calif., is a professional firefighter
      with 12 years of experience and knows good firefighters when he sees them.
      > He said the soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division out of Fort
      Hood, Texas, have attained Type I standing in just two short weeks of fire
      fighting at the Upper Ninemile Fire Complex.
      > Under the leadership of an expert fire-fighting veteran like Nunez,
      Team Warhorse -- comprised of men ranging in age from 19 to 38 -- finished
      the three-day job of constructing a five-foot wide dirt path up the
      5,100-foot-tall hill in one day. The path is called a fire line and its
      purpose is to stop the spread of fire.
      > "We put this path in by hand in one day and it definitely was an
      all day job," said Spc. Aaron Weaner, a medic with Team Warhorse. With ease,
      the soldiers went from wearing the Army's camouflage battle fatigues to
      wearing the uniform of firefighters: bright yellow Nomex shirts and green
      Nomex pants.
      > "The soldiers have done a great job," Nunez said. "They've handled
      four-feet flames. They have called in water drops. They have seen the whole
      gambit of fighting wildfires."
      > "I guess we're just doing what we can to suppress the fires," said
      Spc. Tyronne Moore, a fuel handler hailing from Norfolk, Va. "I'm looking
      forward to completing the mission here; then we can go back to Fort Hood
      where I can go back to my usual duties."
      > Normal duties here include mop-up operations with pick tools and
      water, constructing fire lines through the forest, and operating water
      hoses. As they fight the fire, the soldiers carry around 35 to 40 pounds of
      tools and equipment, including close to a gallon of water.
      > The majority of Lumberjack soldiers are normally in combat arms and
      they're used to hard manual labor. According to Nunez the soldiers were
      easily turned into firefighters.
      > "The teamwork is already there for these Army guys," he said. "I
      would like to work with these guys every year if I could.
      > Team Warhorse and the other teams of the task force are scheduled
      to remain in Montana until mid-September.
      > (Editor's note: Russ Goemaere and Daniel Hobson are with the 19th
      Public Affairs Detachment in Montana.)
      > Link to original news item:
      > http://www.dtic.mil/armylink/news/Aug2000/a20000831firelinebar.html
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