Written by Roma Villavicencio, Posted: Fri, July 26 2013 at 11:09 PM, Updated: Tue, July 30 2013 at 12:06 AM
Jesse Smart with the Oregon Department of Forestry had Friday off but when thunder struck in Josephine County...
"Working out here in 100 degree sun beating down on you."
His day changed and here he is leading a team of ODF Firefighters to help put out one of the 24 fires that broke out in Josephine County.
"We're dealing with all kinds of conditions bees snakes."
When such spuratic and numerous fires break out ODF seeks the back up help of other fire crews...in this case Marie Hoover's Pacifica Oasis fire squad came through.
"It's another day its hott, there fire, and good work", says Hoover.
Together the dozens of firefighters along with fire trucks, dozers, and bombers, they do their best to get the job done.
Not only are the firefighters out there battling dangerous fires all day but they also carry 30 lbs or more of fire gear.
"Its that adrenaline rush you get and the chaos that goes with it that keeps me going."
That adrenaline keeps Smart and his crew going for hours and hours in a day if not working through a whole 24-hour shift.
"Sleep is hard to overcome but you've got to stay hydrated" says Smart.
Smart and Hoover both say their main concern is getting out the fires and doing it safely.
"I have a crew of eighteen men and women that I need to get home, I don't want to be the one making a phone call" says Hoover.
Regardless of the risk they take everyday they step foot on fiery grounds..they say they are proud to call themselves firefighters.
NBC5 News reporter Roma Villavicencio comes from Southern California where she reported for Garden Grove TV Channel 3.
She is a graduate of the journalism/communications program at Cal State Fullerton.
Roma is very proud of her Mexican heritage. She is bi-lingual and looks forward to serving our Hispanic community.
She loves food, music and the San Francisco Giants. She lives by the slogan “viva la vida!”