Video: Calif. forest service firefighters return from Australian deployment
Twenty firefighters from Angeles National Forest returned Wednesday after about a month aiding Australia’s wildfire battle
By Laura French
ARCADIA, Calif. — A group of California firefighters were applauded at Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday as they returned from battling Australia’s devastating wildfires.
The 20 Angeles National Forest firefighters were overseas for about a month assisting the Victoria Rural Fire Service, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Firefighters reunited with their loved ones at Los Angeles Fire Department Station 5 after a long flight.
“All of us on the forest, and I know their families, are proud of the hard work our dedicated firefighters accomplished while in Australia,” said Angeles Fire Chief Robert Garcia. “We look forward to hearing and learning from their experiences while abroad.”
After a total of 32 hours flying, traveling over 15,000 miles, and firefighting #AustalianBrushFires for an estimated total of 7,200 hours over 30 days, YOUR 20 #AngelesNF firefighters are home! They are truly heroes indeed. pic.twitter.com/IQa918eynG— Angeles_NF (@Angeles_NF) February 5, 2020