CAL FIRE CAPT. Tim Swanson leads a crew from the Pine Grove in Amador County as they practice firefighting skills at the Bacchi Ranch in Garden Valley May 1. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins


Inmates recertify as firefighters

By From page A1 | May 08, 2013

A Cal Fire hand crew walked through a dry field when a fire sprang up, separating the groups in two. One was led by a Cal Fire captain, the only non-inmate of the group; the other group was led by the “swamper,” the second-in-command. Both had to ensure that their groups were able to get into their fireproof shelters, quickly communicating so that everyone would survive.

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