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Working as wildfire support staff was hard work

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Where would anyone be without the support staff?

My wife and I spent two summers as part of the support staff for firefighters.

We worked for Okay Cascade, a firm out of Bothell, that supplied food, laundry and shower services for firefighters.

We worked mainly in Washington, but had a 20-day stint on a fire in eastern Oregon. We spent most of our work time in food services and prepared food for sometimes hundreds of firefighters and their support staffs. Probably the largest number was in the Oregon fire where we fed some 1,500 fire fighters and their staffs.

We put in up to 20-hour shif...

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