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IMAGE First Annual Keyport Antique and Artisan Festival
Tuesday, 21 April 2015
Keyport, NJ - From painting on the waterfront to perusing fine antiques on West Front Street, Keyport’s First Annual Keyport Antique and Artisan Festival takes place on May 16, 2015. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., artisans and antique dealers will fill... Read More...
Swatting Hoax in Keyport
Monday, 20 April 2015
KEYPORT, NJ - An anonymous caller to Keyport Police at 1:37 p.m. Sunday afternoon stated that he had stabbed a female and was holding another person hostage at a residence.  The male caller said he would kill the hostages and any responding... Read More...
IMAGE Former Mayor Helen Marchetti Celebrates Her 90th With Flair
Monday, 20 April 2015
PHOTO: Helen Marchetti celebrates with friends at her 90th birthday party.  Photo courtesy Tracey Abby-White. ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ -  In her typical fashion and with her usual flair, former Mayor Helen Marchetti threw a party for herself... Read More...
Care One Care Center Honors Volunteers
Monday, 20 April 2015
Care One Center honors volunteers MIDDLETOWN, NJ – More than 50 volunteers and organizations were honored at the annual Volunteer Reception at the Care One Care Center on Route 36 at a gala wine and hors d’oeuvres reception in the Center Dining... Read More...
IMAGE Bayshore Pharmacy Among Top Three National Finalists
Monday, 20 April 2015
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - Bayshore Pharmacy, the family owned business in the Foodtown Shopping Center on Route 36, is one of three top finalists in the country to be selected as the Pharmacy of the Year. The nomination and selection are made by the... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Fish Hawks Make a Home in NY Harbor
by Joe Reynolds
Monday, 20 April 2015
Come April, all life begins to stir, speed, shuffle, and move. It’s a time of resurrections and returns.  There is an urgent need for many... Read More...
IMAGE Review - While We're Young
by David Prown
Saturday, 18 April 2015
So I hadn't been to the movies in several weeks found a time slot and "While We're Young" filled the slot. I was not excited to see this Ben... Read More...
IMAGE Carolinian with Bipolar Disorder Had Success
by Daniel J. Vance
Saturday, 18 April 2015
According to the National Institutes of Health, bipolar disorder (formerly manic-depressive illness) is a “brain disorder causing unusual shifts in... Read More...
IMAGE Return of the Brownshirts
by Woody Zimmerman
Friday, 17 April 2015
In the 1930s, gangs of brown-shirted street thugs smashed Jewish shop-windows, terrorized voters at the polls, and generally raised hell all across... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - April 17, 2015
by Tom Brennan
Friday, 17 April 2015
The second thing should do before starting a carjacking business is learn how to drive a stick: http://bit.ly/1H2BdkM What's worse than losing your... Read More...

Upcoming Events

Wed Apr 22 @ 7:00PM -
AH Council Meeting
Thu Apr 23 @ 7:30PM -
Find Edsell!: Book-Signing
Fri Apr 24 @12:00AM
Memorial Tree Planting for Bill Phillips
Sat Apr 25 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
Middletown Collecting Unwanted Medication
Wed Apr 29 @ 7:00PM -
The Bible in Context - 6 wk. Seminar

PRESCOTT, AZ - An elite team of 19 firefighters was killed Sunday while battling an Arizona blaze in one of the deadliest wildfires in decades.  Fire has swept over the dry brush and grass, leveling homes and forcing the evacuation of two towns.

Art Morrison of the Arizona State Forestry Commission told CNN the firefighters, members of a specially trained "hot shot" team were killed on Sunday afternoon when they were overtaken by flames.

"In normal circumstances, when you're digging fire lines, you make sure you have a good escape route, and you have a safety zone set up. Evidently, their safety zone wasn't big enough, and the fire just overtook them. By the time the other firefighters got in, they didn't survive," Morrison said."It was a hand crew, a hot shot crew," he said.

Granite Mountain Hotshots

A photo of firefighters fighting a forest fire

The Prescott Fire Department hosts the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew.

From the department's website:

From our beginning as a fuels mitigation crew in 2002, through the formation of Crew 7 (Type 2 I/A) in 2004, and our transition into the elite Hotshot community in 2008, our goal has been to provide our customers with "Excellence in Service" through our superior physical conditioning, our commitment to training, innovative problem solving, and our history of safe and aggressive fire suppression.

About the Crew

A photo of the GMH crewGranite Mountain IHC consists of dedicated people of varying age and diverse backgrounds. Our common bond is our love of hard work and arduous adventure. We believe in rigorous physical and mental training, which allows us to perform at the optimum level in any location and under any circumstances. We are routinely exposed to extreme environmental conditions, long work hours, long travel hours and the most demanding of fireline tasks. Comforts such as beds, showers and hot meals are not always common. Problem solving, teamwork, ability to make decisions in a stressful environment and being nice are the attributes of our crewmembers. We are grateful for our opportunities to excel and proud to represent the citizens of the City of Prescott and the Prescott Fire Department.

Granite Mountain Hotshots continues to provide defensible space on private parcels, as well as City owned open space. We also use prescribed fire to treat fuels on both City property and National Forest land.

Training

Granite Mountain IHC is very proud of our tradition of providing both excellent classroom and field training to our crewmembers. In addition to our annual 80 hour critical training and refresher, we offer many NWCG courses throughout the season. We almost always have at least one person working on a position taskbook on every assignment. As members of the Prescott Fire Department, we also have opportunities for additional training such as EMS and Technical Rescue. Granite Mountain provides a training cadre that is active both in house and at the Arizona Wildfire and Incident Management Academy.

Physical Fitness Program

The nature of our work requires us to endure physical hardships beyond most people's experiences. Environmental extremes, long hours, bad food, and steep, rugged terrain, demand that we train early and often by running and hiking, doing core exercises, yoga, and weight training. We must pass the Arduous Work Capacity Test (Pack Test) as a condition of hire. Also, we have a fitness goal of a 1.5 mile run in 10 minutes 35 seconds, 40 sit-ups in 60 seconds, 25 pushups in 60 seconds, and 7 pull ups.

Employment

A photo of the GMH crew in the field

Granite Mountain IHC strives to recruit members possessing traits such as teamwork, professionalism, integrity, honesty, care and respect, and reliability. We value problem solving skills and the ability to make safe decisions in stressful environments. Our members are required to be in excellent physical condition and must be able to pass the arduous Work Capacity Test as a condition of hire. Previous wildland experience is preferred but not a requirement.

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"Photo Courtesy of the US Forest Service, Gila National Forest."

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