Hotshot Senior Firefighter | Interviewed April, 2014 | California
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Drew Derrick, a Hotshot Senior Firefighter, talks about his favorite aspects of working on Hotshot crews, including traveling to new places, getting the opportunity to work with good people, and being able to offer insight and speak up. Interviewed: 4/2014
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How does Drew view the role of fire in the environment?
“I think we’ve just suppressed it so long it’s making it hard to manage now, and the prescribed fires we do around certain values—whether it be with giant sequoias and all that stuff—is good, but it’s almost like we can’t catch up to what’s overgrown…But it’s definitely part of the ecosystem, I think maybe managing fires more than suppressing them—I like suppressing fires, it’s fun—but I think managing them to meet objectives is better.”