A wildfire in Colorado known as the 416 Fire is prompting a massive statewide response, including a West Metro Denver-area firefighter team that specializes in rescues.
“Our job is to perform medical care and rope rescue,” Captain Brendan Finnegan, of the West Metro Fire Rapid Extraction Module Support (REMS) team said. “Basically, we have advanced life support medical equipment, but we also have the technical rescue equipment to perform a rescue in the treacherous terrain, steep terrain that these fires are found in.”
Sent to the massive blaze, the 25-man team will be performing rescues if needed, sticking back in the rear instead of fighting fires.
Leaving on Sunday for (at least) a 14-day deployment, it is unknown when exactly they will return, especially when anything can go wrong.
“You know Murphy’s Law,” Finnegan said. “If you didn’t have resources on standby, that’s when you could potentially see the injury, and you’re already behind the eight ball to get resources in.”
According to 9News, the 416 Fire started eleven days ago, has grown to 16,786 acres and remains at around 10 percent containment.