While local first responders’ jobs focus on their local communities, there are times when they reach out beyond their city limits to help those in other parts of the state or country.
At the Bothell Fire Department, a number of firefighters have spent this last summer deployed to different parts of Oregon to help with the wildfires in that state.
Firefighters Mike Groff, Cody Barwell, Derek Jones and Jeffery Salatino recently returned from a deployment at the Eagle Creek wildfire, just southeast of Portland, Oregon.
Groff said they were sent down on a special emergency contract due to Oregon being in a state of emergency and out of resources. The Bothell firefighters left early morning Sept. 9 and returned home Sept. 13.