WMass firefighters help put out forest fires in Washington state


WESTFIELD, Mass.(WWLP) – A dozen state conservation and recreation department firefighters from Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire counties answered Washington state’s call to help deal with forest fires that can be deadly.

Chief Fire Warden David Celino told 22News that it has been a tradition for almost thirty years.

“It’s a dangerous line of work, our folks face different types of terrain. It’s rugged terrain, it’s a different climate, it’s very low humidity, high temps and the fire brigade is a little different than what we have here in western Massachusetts.”

Celino said it’s easier for volunteers to cope with forest fires in western Massachusetts.

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