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Firefighters Comment on Trader’s Death

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GLENDALE, Ore. — Firefighters are dealing with the emotional aspects of losing one of their own. This morning, the Glendale fire camp had a moment of silence to honor Jesse Trader.

“What we do out here is an inherently dangerous job and we choose to do it because it needs to be done,” C&R Reforestation chief, Miles Robinson, said.

Fire crews from C&R Reforestation prepared to hit the fire lines this morning, but they say Jesse Trader will be in the back of their minds.

“When somebody loses their life it’s like losing a family member, we are a huge family out here,” Robinson said. “We may not know each other personally but each and every one of us has green and yellow on.”

According to the National Interagency Fire Center, 29 wildland firefighters have died this year alone. This makes it the worst year for firefighter deaths since 2003 when 30 wildland firefighters died.

“It’s a freak of nature and sometimes somebody is not as safe as they should have been but everything that happens out here like that is something we can learn from,” Robinson added.

Firefighters say they are taking extra safety precautions since the accident, making sure they have a lookout and escape route set just in case a fire gets out of control. They are also making sure they’re get plenty of sleep and staying hydrated.

“Safety is the number one key and accidents do happen you just gotta look up down and all around to make sure you’re going to be safe no matter what, every step that you take,” firefighter, Luke McDonald, said.

“There is going to be a shift and we are all going to go out there and we are all going to do our job, and we are going to put that behind us and we are not going to forget it,” Robinson said.