COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - More than a dozen firefighters from South Carolina have been sent across the country to help battle raging wildfires.
Thirteen employees from the SC Forestry Commission are responding to the US Forest Service's call for help as six others return from a two week assignment fighting flames near Redding, California.
The names of the individuals are not being released by the Forestry Commission. Eight of the 13 personnel were deployed to Texas, three to Idaho and one each to California and Washington in roles ranging from wildland firefighter and heavy equipment boss to public information officer and planning section chief, Forestry Commission officials say.
"It's dirty, dangerous and exhausting work, but they are trained for it," Duty Officer Brad Bramlett says. "And we're happy to send help when we can because you never know when we may need out-of-state assistance."
The employees are working under a cooperative agreement that the South Carolina Forestry Commission has with three federal firefighting agencies, the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the National Park Service.