🎥Courtesy of Jessica Prince
TNF Engine 371 firefighter Meredith Anello asks the kids to guess what is in the Meals Ready-To-Eat (MRE) packet and then letting the new recruits pass around and squish the spaghetti and meatballs.
A Tahoe National Forest Fire Family/Community Feature
By Meredith Anello
Forestry Technician- Wildland Firefighter Engine 371
Public Information Officer-Fire
U.S. Forest Service
Tahoe National Forest
Truckee Ranger District
While Tahoe National Forest (TNF) Fire crews have been fighting the Mosquito Fire, TNF Fire Resources across the Forest, have remained ready to respond to new incidents and also have been engaging with our community members of all ages at local events.
Tahoe National Forest Yuba River Ranger District Camptonville Engine 331 and Fire Prevention Patrol 31 set up a Forest Service Booth at the Camptonville Volunteer Fire Department picnic whom they often work with during incidents.
TNF Camptonville Patrol 31 Jessica Prince shares this “feel good Fire story”…
“My 10 year old daughter was performing for her first time in front of people at the CVFD picnic. She was terrified and was wanting to quit. The TNF Camptonville Engine 331 firefighters I work with stepped in and not only practiced with her that morning, but performed with her at the event, uniform and all. It just goes to show we are family. We don’t do it for the money, the work can be challenging, but at the end of the day, there’s a camaraderie here that is unmatched.”
On the East side of the Forest, in a Glenshire Elementary TK class, a TNF Truckee Engine 371 firefighter took her turn to show and tell about being a USFS Wildland Firefighter during their “Community Helper” week. The 4 year old “recruits”, who knew a lot about the Mosquito Fire already, were most intrigued by the Super Soaker-like Bladder Bag nozzle and guessing what was for dinner on the fireline before squishing the Meals Ready-To-Eat (MRE) spaghetti and meatballs packet from her line gear.
“Whether it’s out on the fireline or within our communities, TNF Firefighters appreciate every opportunity to serve our public, and our public lands…best job in the world,” said TNF Engine 371 Firefighter, Meredith Anello.
Interested in becoming a US Forest Service-Tahoe National Forest Seasonal Wildland Firefighter? Applications for the 2023 Fire season on Engines, Hotshot/Handcrews, Helicopter Helitack Crew, Fuels Crews, Lookouts, Air Tanker Base, and Dispatch are being accepted online at usajobs.govstarting Sept. 29-Oct. 6, 2022. Contact your local USFS Tahoe National Forest Ranger Station for more information and check out the Tahoe National Forest Fire Employment webpage. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/tahoe/home/?cid=fseprd838779&width=full