As those of us who fight the dragon during the fire season of every year prepare for another season of gruling battles, I wish to send condolences to the families of the the two pilots who have become as far as I know the first victims of of the beast. This is a unfortunate reminder already of the neccesity to refresh ourselves on the safty standards in place and why they are there, and that no part of this job is with out risk. As when we in the Fire Service Family felt the loss of our brothers and sisters of the emergency services on 11 Sept 2001, I pray that these two brave pilots now serve with that great department that we all anwser the call to eventually. We all face the risks associated with our choice of this job, but we still do the job, I, as many others, just for the love of it. Be safe, my brothers and sisters as we enter battle yet again.