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MachoMatt84 August 17th, 2015 1:58am

I'll be activated to help out with the wildfires in the next few days. Don't worry, I'm helicopter support so I won't be digging fire lines or putting out hot spots. Have you ever provided aid in a federal or state disaster area?

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presrvd Phoenix
08/17/15 9:27 pm

Yep. Flooding in Sedona in '98 (I think), Rodeo fire in '02, Katrina in '05. It's one of the biggest reasons I joined the Guard...

lightsabr2 The Big Sky
08/17/15 5:21 am

Went to Mississippi to help with the Katrina cleanup.

rebelfury76 No Justice, No Peace
08/17/15 4:42 am

No, I'm hoping I do thought since I changed to air force but since I'm reserve, not guard, I think my chances are lower.

Go get 'em matt, hooah

MachoMatt84 Mountain climbing
08/17/15 7:36 am

Precisely the reason I went guard instead of reserve! I love it!

achilles2340 Still Exploring Space
08/16/15 9:21 pm

No, but best of luck, man! Fight the good fight and stay safe!

imanag My heaven on Earth
08/16/15 9:20 pm

Wow, here you go again, Matt. Best of luck and thank you!

08/16/15 8:39 pm

I worked the brush fires in Malibu CA one summer while working for the state parks. I was given a shovel and a 5 gal tank of water strapped to my back. In the hour training we got the thing they said "if you are being overrun by the fire, do not

08/16/15 8:42 pm

run away if you do it will catch you and kill you. Run straight into the fire, the fire line moves faster then you can run, and the fire line itself is only a few yards wide".

You stay VERY safe my friend!!

MachoMatt84 Mountain climbing
08/16/15 9:57 pm

I'll be hanging out with the flight crews on the ground so I should be well away from the fires themselves, but that's good advice.

08/16/15 11:04 pm

Good, be safe. Let us know how it goes, I think we all want to hear the stories.

htcbump Florida
08/16/15 8:06 pm

Godspeed to you and the crew.

leilu SoCal
08/16/15 7:54 pm

I have not, I'm not that cool! But my father was a firefighter and was often called on for support for big events (fores, earthquakes, riots, etc).

leilu SoCal
08/16/15 7:55 pm

Fores, fires, whatever!

missmorganmarie ...
08/16/15 7:44 pm

safe travels!

FacePalm That Trick Never Works
08/16/15 7:34 pm

No, I Do not have that skill set.

I am grateful for those, like you, who can and do. I have high regard for you.

Be safe. 8)

alynn Somewhere wonderful
08/16/15 7:33 pm

Thanks for what you're going out there to do, Macho. You be careful and come back not crispy.

pedwingeorge Benson IL
08/16/15 7:29 pm

I helped in New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy

ronderman North Carolina
08/16/15 7:26 pm

I worked with the Red Cross and the Baptist men to provide thousands of meals during Hurricane Floyd in the late 90s.

DGroot America
08/16/15 7:20 pm

Yep, Air National Guard MAFS firefighting support. (C-130 air tankers)

MachoMatt84 Mountain climbing
08/16/15 7:37 pm

Now that's good stuff right there! I'm considering becoming a black hawk or Chinook crew chief. I want to get in on the action!

mikeey1962 on SOH where else
08/16/15 7:02 pm

Wow, that's great, be safe.

MachoMatt84 Mountain climbing
08/16/15 7:01 pm

I did it for a couple weeks last year and loved it! It looks like I might be put in charge of a group this year too which will look really good as a bullet point on my next NCOER (NCO Evaluation Report). I'm stoked!

alynn Somewhere wonderful
08/20/15 12:03 pm

Just checking back to see if you're safe.

MachoMatt84 Mountain climbing
08/20/15 5:04 pm

I'm safe. Haven't gotten over there quite yet. Should be getting on a bird soon though

alynn Somewhere wonderful
08/20/15 5:06 pm be safe! Reign in all that machoness!