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Here in New Mexico, those brave and absolutely insane fire-fighters who do things normal people don’t do, like jump out of planes into blazing forest fires are considered heroes.

Photy by Clyde Mueller - The New Mexican
Photy by Clyde Mueller - The New Mexican

They are in the process of training to propel out of choppers into the fire zone.  Yikes!

“…Helitack crews are highly trained firefighters, but it remains a risky profession, like all firefighting. Accidents are rare, but devastating.

In 1987, a five-person helitack team was caught by a fast-moving wildfire in Northern California shortly after being dropped off by the helicopter, according to news reports. Four lived after crawling into their fire shelters. One died from exposure to smoke and flames. …”

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