Firefighting News: An Examination of the Motivations of Wildland Firefighters

07/08/2013
The Associated Press (http://bit.ly/1daO6ae) examines the motivations that drive wildland firefighters. In the wildland firefighting community, where men and women armed with little more than axes, shovels and chain saws face mountainsides engulfed in flames and, somehow, hope to bring that force of nature to heel. "You ask yourself: Why are these people willing to put their lives on the line? For people they don't even know?" retired teacher Sharon Owsley asked last week as she stood on the courthouse square in this town north of Phoenix. "Why do they even do this kind of work that's so highly dangerous? Every day it might not be. But then there's that one day that you m...

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