National Wildland Firefighter Day
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The National Interagency Fire Center’s Fire Management Board has proclaimed July 2 as National Wildland Firefighter Day.
They say “July 2 will hereafter be designated each year to honor the important work of wildland firefighters.”
It is the first designation of a day specifically for wildland firefighters.
National Wildland Firefighter Day will occur annually during the previously established Wildland Firefighter Week of Remembrance, June 30 to July 6, during which wildland firefighters review the lessons of previous fatal fires and incorporate those safety principles into firefighting today.
According to the Bureau of Land Management, there are nearly 800 people assigned to wildland fires in Alaska as of June 29, with more firefighters and support personnel arriving each day. On average, wildland firefighters respond to nearly 63,000 wildland fires every year across the U.S.
For more information on National Wildland Firefighter Day, including a history of wildland firefighting, visit the National Interagency Fire Center website.
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