June 18, 2024

DCR firefighter from Rehoboth returns from 2-week deployment fighting wildfires in Quebec

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Nicholas Burnett, a Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) wildland firefighter from Rehoboth, just returned home from a deployment to Quebec, Canada, where he was fighting some of the more than 70 wildfires that have been raging for the last few months.

Nicholas was part of a crew of 16 wildland firefighters – 14 from DCR and two from MassWildlife – who were joined by four additional firefighters from Connecticut and one from Vermont on their trip up to Canada. The crew spent about 14 days working directly on the fire line in Quebec – building fire breaks, securing fire perimeters, containing fires and protecting structures.

The crew followed an 11-member crew of DCR firefighters who deployed for Quebec on June 15 and returned home on Friday, June 30.

If you are interested, we are happy to arrange an interview with Nicholas to learn about his experience and the important work his crew did to aid our neighbors in the north. You can also learn more about DCR’s Forest Fire Control Program here.

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