‘Unprecedented conditions’ lead to resource shortages for Washington firefighting agencies

  • Source: The Spokesman-Review
  • Published: 07/20/2021 12:00 AM

Local fire agencies have put out the call for more support staff as they continue to battle what officials have called an unusually intense wildfire season amid a shortage of workers. The Idaho Department of Lands needs more drivers and warehouse workers. Applicants could have any experience in warehousing or distributing to be considered, the release said. “It takes a lot of people to meet the demand to keep everything supplied, from water to food, hoses, pumps, anything a firefighter could need,” said Scott Phillips, policy and communications chief at the IDL. “This is crucial because with all the resources in short supply, if we can’t keep firefighters equipped, they can’t do their job.” Centered at fire caches, the employees will find themselves doing everything from stocking shelves with water to inflating used firehoses, Phillips said.


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