What are wildland firefighters like?

Caitlin Chinn

We are not exactly what people picture when they think of the crisp firefighter in the red truck.

We’re gross. Vulgar. Gritty. Opinionated. Ultra-athletic. Disgusting humor. However, the bonds are incredibly deep and last lifetimes. The community really takes care of their own. You just get to know people on such an extreme level when you spend 16 waking hours with them every day, 14 days at a time, five months a year, in remote places and stressful situations.

Sometimes we know each other better than our own families or significant others.

Photo by Caitlin Chinn, '13