past two weeks, Richard Scalora has spent countless hours fighting back against
spreading wildfires in Montana.
The challenging and grueling task, done in partnership with Montana fire
services as a helping hand from the Connecticut Fire Crew, helped hold back and
eventually extinguish the flames that spent weeks threatening Montana’s Lolo
National Forest and the western part of the state.
Now Scalora, of Berlin, has returned home.
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced
Wednesday that 20 state firefighters have returned home following the mutual aid
trip that began on Aug. 13.
fire crew (14 DEEP employees and 6 local firefighters) left Connecticut August
13 and were sent to Lolo National Forest, Montana to assist fighting wild fires
in the western part of that state,” according to Cyndy Chanaca, DEEP
DEEP maintains a roster of agency staff members and
personnel from local fire departments who have been certified to fight forest
or wildfires, she said. Members must complete a rigorous training program and
participate in an annual renewal course.
Connecticut maintains this firefighting capability to participate in a reciprocal
aid program operated by the U.S. Forest Service. Under this program, trained
personnel from other parts of the nation are available to assist Connecticut in
the event of a fire emergency – in return for personnel from this state being
available to assist elsewhere.
CT DEEP Members of Connecticut
M. Baird, East Granby Mark
Blazejak, Voluntown Eric
Gileau, Preston Christopher
Kostopoulos, West Haven Jeffrey
Krukar, Torrington Thomas
Nosal, Middletown Stacy
Pappano, Windsor Thomas
RisCassi, Hartford Richard
Scalora, Berlin Michael
Shaw, Torrington David
Stygar, Lebanon James
Villwock, Durham Justin
Arnold, Dayville Anthony
Flamio, Farmington Jacob
Light, Enfield Sergio Liguori,
New Milford Juan
Sanchez III, Chaplin Allan
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