When wildfires threaten our homes, property, and the natural resources we treasure, wildland fire fighters from across the nation respond. They work long hours in difficult, hot, and often dangerous conditions on the ground and in the air to provide skilled, professional fire suppression services to the citizens of our country. These are young men in the prime of their lives, many with wives and children.
Our deepest sympathies go out to the families, friends, and coworkers of the Granite Mountain Hotshots in Prescott, Arizona. The lightning-caused Yarnell fire was the deadliest fire in Arizona history, the nation’s biggest loss of firefighters in a wildfire in 80 years, and the largest firefighter loss since 9/11. (Source: National Fire Protection Association)
There has been a huge outpouring of support from all across the country for the families of the 19 firefighters on the Granite Mountain Hotshots team. Donations are being accepted by three firefighter-endorsed organizations: the 100 Club of Arizona, the Wildland Firefighters Foundation, and the United Phoenix Firefighters Association.
The official Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Incident Management Team website is www.yarnellfallenfirefighters.com. Other similar websites have also been created, but their intent or credibility has not been verified. Be sure to check the credibility and confirm their 501C3 status before donating. Credit cards and PayPal can be used for tax-deductible donations on the official website, and every penny – 100% of the donations received – will be given to the 19 families of the firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice.
https://www.facebook.com/GraniteMountainHotshotsMemorial – Official Facebook page for the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Incident Management Team
https://twitter.com/Prescott_fire – Prescott Fire Twitter feed
http://pffaz.org – Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona
http://www.firehero.org – National Fallen Firefighters Association