"Call when needed" contractors.
I'd like to find out about the "Call when needed" wildland firefighting contractors. I'm from the east coast and until recently I had no idea such businesses even existed. I'm not refering to contract fire services like Rural-Metro. I'm looking for info about companies like Northtree Fire, Ash Kickers, Red Rock Fire / First Strike Minnesota. The companies that provide equiptment and manpower to fight large scale wildfires. I've seen their websites, but those are really just advertisements. I'd like to know how it all works. Who calls them, and when? Who contracts with them? Who pays them and how much do they pay them? Who trains the employees? How well are they trained? What do the employees do when they're not actively fighting fire? How much does an average employee get paid? Do these companies run actual stations or do they respond all of their equipment from one main facility?
Really the whole concept intrigues me. I don't believe we have these types of companies in the east. We just don't have the fires for them I suppose. Based on what I've seen at some the company websites, I have to assume that somebody is putting back some righteous ducats. This looks like big business. So somebody, PLEASE, clue me in!!
A friend once told me to shoot first and ask questions later, I was going to ask him why....but I had to shoot him first.