Thursday, August 28, 2008


After being released from the Canyon Complex fire, I flew to Pacific Helispot. I arrived in the afternoon ready to fulfill another CWN contract. The very next morning I was told I've been requested at the Iron Complex in Weaverville and given no more information other than a Lat and Long, a name and a phone number. I called and said I was on my way and gave an ETA.

When I arrived at Weaverville I was approached and asked if I knew why I was there? I had no idea. I was then informed that I was there to provide support for the transport of investigative personnel, and the slinging and recovery of the S-61.

I took several videos and photographs throughout the course of this mission, and ultimately made a memorial tribute out of them.

As you can tell, and for obvious reasons, I've hesitated for a long time before posting this. I did make a couple of copies for select people but for the most part I've kept it to myself. However after very positive comments about my video and the few posted by others on You Tube, I'm willing to give this a go.

This movie was made with the utmost respect, admiration and heartfelt feelings for all those involved in the Iron 44 incident. Many have asked me questions trying to understand just a little better of what occurred that day and of the subsequent recovery afterwards. I hope this video will answer many of those questions.

For me, I was proud to be a part of this and work side by side with such professionalism.

My prayers go out to you all.

Thank You All

Thank you for all the kind comments. It was my pleasure and just a small way of saying thank you to the crew on the line for doing such great and difficult work.

It's obvious how appreciated the fire crews are any time you go in to the small communities and the people are all so thankful that they are here and doing the job they do.

We are all proud of you for the job you do and I am happy to call each of you my friends.


Sunday, August 24, 2008

Images from the field

A few shots from the field. Stopping to talk with ground crews about fire lines and hotspots.

The Burger King Delivery

The Shasta Lake crew enjoying a hot lunch of Burger King burgers and fries.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Retrieving the Klump Pump

What's a "Klump Pump"?

It's a portable container used by firefighters. It can hold about 1000 gallons of water, has a high pressure pump and about 2800 feet of hose. It can be slung in to remote areas and then filled with water by helicopter. And last but not least, it was designed of course, by Mr. Jim Klump!