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  1. #1
    Staff ForoAviones
    29 may, 07

    Mueren 19 bomberos en un incendio en EEUU

    Me impacto un poco esta noticia, es la primera vez que mueren tantos bomberos a la vez en EEUU desde el 11S, esta gente se merece todo el reconocimiento.

    An Arizona town is mourning 19 firefighters killed on Sunday battling an out-of-control wildfire about 80 miles (130km) north-west of Phoenix.

    Residents of Prescott, where the crew was based, said they were numb and shaken by the loss of firefighters from an elite "hotshots" wildfire unit.

    And President Barack Obama said he was "heartbroken" and called the deceased firefighters "heroes".

    It is the highest death toll for fire crews in a single incident since 9/11.

    The fire was sparked by lightning on Friday and has spread rapidly amid high heat, low humidity and strong winds.

    During a press conference in Tanzania on Monday, Mr Obama said the thoughts and prayers of the US were with the firefighters' families.

    "They were heroes - highly-skilled professionals who, like so many across our country do every day, selflessly put themselves in harm's way to protect the lives and property of fellow citizens they would never meet," the US president said in an earlier statement.

    'It's my community'
    As the sun rose in the smoke-clouded sky on Monday, residents of Prescott, Arizona, placed flowers and signs on a fence near the fire station.

    "I had to come here," Toby Smith said. "This is my community. This is my family and I felt the immediate need when I heard the news to get up to come down here to see what I can do no matter what it is."

    Orya Salverg said she was leaving flowers in tribute "for everything" the fire crew had done.

    "They go all over the country trying to save people's lives. I knew some of these people... it's the least I could do."

    On Monday, Prescott, Arizona, fire department confirmed to the BBC that 19 of its firefighters were killed in the blaze in circumstances that remain unclear.

    The crew, an elite unit called the Granite Mountain Hotshots, had battled other wildfires in New Mexico and Arizona in recent weeks, officials say.

    As they became surrounded by flames, the firefighters were forced to take shelter in emergency tent-like structures, said Dan Fraijo, fire chief in the nearby city of Prescott.

    "One of the last fail-safe methods a firefighter can do is literally to dig as much as they can down and cover themselves with a protective fire-resistant material, with the hope that the fire will burn over the top of them and they can survive it," he said.

    "Under certain conditions there's usually only sometimes a 50% chance that they survive. It's an extreme measure that's taken under the absolute worst conditions."

    Dwight Devlin from the Arizona Sheriff's Office told the BBC that the firefighters were carrying fire blankets but they were ineffective in this case.

    "Some were actually found with those blankets over them but unfortunately it appears the flames and the heat were too much," he said.

    Mr Devlin added that they were on their way on foot to an area where they had been directed to clear brush to prevent the spread of the fire.

    The tragedy is the worst in a wildfire since 1933, when at least 25 firemen died battling a fire in Griffith Park, Los Angeles.

    "This is as dark a day as I can remember," Arizona Governor Jan Brewer said on Monday.

    Homes destroyed

    Some 250 firefighters are still battling the fast-moving wildfire. Eighteen total hotshot crews have been deployed to the fire, which is entirely uncontained.

    The blaze has forced the evacuation of local residents.

    An estimated 200 homes were destroyed in Yarnell, the Associated Press reported, about half the properties in the town.

    In recent days, dozens of people across western US states have been treated for exhaustion and dehydration, as a heat wave continues.

    Temperatures in some areas were expected to reach 54C (130F), close to the world's all-time high recorded 100 years ago in California's Death Valley.

    How wildfires spread

    A fire needs fuel, oxygen and heat to burn. The fire threatening the town of Yarnell was started by lightning and spread rapidly in the very hot, dry conditions, fanned by strong winds

    The fastest-moving and most dangerous part of the fire is known as the "head". Areas ahead of the fire are warmed as it approaches and flying embers blown by the wind spark spot fires, which cause it to leap further ahead

    Some vegetation or fuel will burn quicker than others and this creates "fingers" of flame which, in turn, create pockets of land surrounded by fire, making it harder to tackle

    Fires travel faster uphill than downhill, as the heat and smoke rise, heating areas higher up the hill and wind currents also tend to blow uphill, pushing the flames further. Burning embers may roll downhill, starting new fires
    La vida y la muerte:
    "La vida se defiende luchando; la muerte es el mayor premio para el valiente y el mayor castigo para el cobarde."

    "Cuanto más sudor en tiempo de paz, menos sangré en tiempo de guerra"

  2. #2
    18 jul, 08
    Camarillas (TE)

    Lo he visto en las noticias.
    "Su ego extiende cheques que su cuerpo no puede pagar"- Hot Shots
    "Ser el mejor de los mejores significa, cometer errores. Y seguir adelante como todos los demas" - Top Gun


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  3. #3
    17 sep, 11
    Eran lo que se llama una Hotshot crew,aunque técnicamente son bomberos, no usan el agua. Son una cuadrilla formada habitualmente por 21 miembros que trabajan a parte de la linia de agua, asignados a los lugares mas peligrosos bien para buscar ventanas o oportunidades de control, para trabajar en zonas inaccesibles a las lineas de agua, etc... Junto con los SmokeJumpers son la élite en extinción de incendios forestales, en los años 90 expertos españoles fueron a los US a trabajar con ellos para posteriormente crear las BRIF, o el GRAF en Cataluña. Tengo amigos y compañeros que hicieron intercambios con equipos de HotShots no con la Granite Mountain HotShot Crew que ha sido la que ha sufrido el accidente, pero si con otros equipos y son gente fuera de lo normal, son medios auto suficientes y pueden trabajar aislados durante tres o cuatro días la verdad es que tienen mis mas absolutos respetos.


    Y unas fotos de HotShots para que conozcais su trabajo un poco.

  4. #4
    Usuario Foroaviones
    24 ago, 08
    LEVC aunque me gustaría LEZL
    He leído en prensa digital que ha sido un equipo entero, ya ha tenido que ser excepcional lo que han tenido enfrente como para ser vencidos. Un pena inmensa sentí esta mañana al leer la noticia en Twitter.

    Hoy soñé con aviones
    que nublaban el día

  5. #5
    Iron what?
    03 oct, 11
    Banyoles, Girona
    Iron F***ing Maiden, this is what!

    "A mile of road will take you a mile, but a mile of runway can take you anywhere."

  6. #6
    01 ene, 11
    Perpignan Francia

  7. #7
    17 sep, 11
    The Hotshot's Prayer

    When I am called to duty, Lord
    To fight the roaring blaze,
    Please keep me safe and strong
    I may be here for days.

    Be with my fellow crewmembers,
    as we hike up to the top.
    Help us cut enough line,
    For this blaze to stop.

    Let my skills and hands
    be firm and quick.
    Let me find those safety zones,
    as we hit and lick.

    For if this day on the line,
    I should lose my life,
    Lord, bless my Hotshot Crew,
    my children and my WIFE.

  8. #8
    Usuario Foroaviones
    14 jul, 11
    En un lugar infestado de palmeras
    Si le das a alguien un programa, lo frustarás un día. Si le enseñas a programar, lo frustarás toda la vida

  9. #9
    * Banned *
    30 ago, 10
    Entre un ERE y la mierda sindicalista
    Si es muy doloroso, sobre todo cuando pasa tan lejos, los de La Riba de Saelices, duelen menos, estaban mas cerca, Y ademas creo que se van todos los responsables de "rositas".- Salud y buena memoria

  10. #10
    17 sep, 11
    Cita Iniciado por AMALTEA Ver Mensaje
    Si es muy doloroso, sobre todo cuando pasa tan lejos, los de La Riba de Saelices, duelen menos, estaban mas cerca, Y ademas creo que se van todos los responsables de "rositas".- Salud y buena memoria
    Me parece que estas meando fuera de tiesto...



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