US veterans return to service in Douglas Complex fires

US veterans return to service in Douglas Complex fires

GLENDALE, Ore. -- The Douglas Complex is the highest priority fire in the nation right now, and a crew of veterans have been called to serve their country once again.

A Type-2 Attack Crew consisting of 14 veterans have joined the fight against the fires.

Michael Tucker, who served in the Air Force, is one of them. "It feels good to be a part of something bigger than yourself and to help the community and local people," he said.

Most of these veterans had little to no prior experience with wildfire management, but in 2012 they were trained by the Oregon Department of Forestry in a week-long fire school.

Jerry Serabia from the Medford District BLM, says they are all a great group of firefighters, as well as people. "These guys have shown they've got big hearts and they're really tight," he said. "They take care of each other internally, very hardworking, in good shape and we've had a pretty strong last few days."