Over many decades, lessons learned from accidents and fatalities that have occurred on wildland fires have led to significant improvements in firefighter education, training, operational practices, and risk management processes. Unfortunately, wildland firefighting remains inherently hazardous, and we continue to experience accidents and fatalities. The anniversaries are an opportunity for those who manage and battle wildland fires to remember, reflect and learn from these tragic incidents. More importantly, by examining the past, we lessen the likelihood those tragedies will recur in the future. While the firefighting community reflects, the public can participate too, by taking actions that reduce risks to wildland firefighters. Individuals who live in or adjacent to wildlands can help protect their property. And, considering nine out of 10 wildfires are human caused, public awareness and participation can do a great deal to prevent wildfires. The Wildland Firefighters Monument at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, contains memorial markers for fallen wildland firefighters. It serves as a constant reminder of why firefighters and public safety are, and must always be, the top priority in wildfire management. As a leader in manufacturing Wildland Firefighting Trucks, we continuously respect and honor those who put their lives on the line to protect and preserve our lands.
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