BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - The deaths of 19 firefighters in an Arizona wildfire have hit close to home for Indiana crews who often heed the call to battle fires out West. But they say they will focus on learning from the loss of their colleagues as they train for the next big blaze.
Indiana Department of Natural Resources fire coordinator Drew Dailey tells The Herald-Times firefighters recognize the risks of the job. But they hope the investigation into the Yarnell, Ariz., deaths will provide information about why the fire surged so quickly and how firefighters can be better prepared in the future.
Terry Severson of the U.S. Forest Service says firefighters like those who died in Arizona are always thinking about safety and put people, not property, first.
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