Scottsdale Fire Department joins battle against blazes in Idaho

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A team of firefighters from the city of Scottsdale are part of a regional effort to control wildfires burning around the state of Idaho.

Scottsdale Fire Captain Jamie Majchrzak, Engineer Adam Brotzman, and Firefighter Robert Chisholm were deployed to Idaho Aug. 13. The crew drove a city brush truck, specially equipped for fighting wildfires, along with a city pickup truck, according to a press release.

Why would a Scottsdale crew travel more than 1,000 miles to fight fires in another state?

Most importantly, a neighboring state needs our help.  According to the Idaho Statesman, there are 15 different fires burning across Idaho, with almost 600 square miles “already consumed by fires or actively ablaze.”

Resources there are stretched incredibly thin, and Scottsdale’s firefighters have joined crews from around the west to help get the fires under control, stated the release.

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Scottsdale Firefighter Robert Chisholm and Fire Engineer Adam Brotzman at the Teepee Springs Fire in Idaho. (Photo by city of Scottsdale)

It’s crucial experience. While Captain Majchrzak is a certified wildfire “engine boss,” the other two will get real wildfire experience to raise their know how and certification in this unique skill, according to the release.

Devastating blazes have swept through pine forests and grassy plains around Arizona in recent years. Closest to home, Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve is nearly 47 square miles of pristine Sonoran Desert that gets dry, brittle and prone to fire particularly during the hot summer months, the release stated.

So every Scottsdale fire fighter completes mandatory wildland fire training each year. The department has four brush trucks (including the one sent to Idaho) and two 3,000 gallon water tankers for battling wildfires in addition to its engine and ladder companies.

That combination of resources allows the department to send a small crew outside of our area to provide assistance while maintaining full coverage and capability here in Scottsdale.

The department is also part of the Central Arizona Wildland Response Team, a regional collective that can bring resources from around the state to bear on local fires when they flare up.

Scottsdale Fire Department’s deployment to Idaho will be paid for by the Arizona Department of Forestry, the release stated. The firefighters are expected to return within the next week.

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The Teepee Springs Fire blazes in Idaho. (Photo by city of Scottsdale)

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