YAKIMA, Wash. — Yakima firefighters say they have extended condolences to the fire department where the firefighters killed in Arizona worked.
Nineteen firefighters from the Prescott Fire Department’s Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot crew died when a wind-driven fire swept over them Sunday.
Capt. Tom Schneider of the Yakima Fire Department said firefighters here will wear black bands over their badges until a memorial service is held for the Arizona crew Tuesday.
Meanwhile, national wildland fire managers asked their crews across the country to observe an “operational pause” Wednesday morning in recognition of the deaths.
The practice gives crews, including those on active fires, a chance to remember the fallen and reflect on their own safety practices, the managers said in a bulletin to U.S. fire coordination centers.
Information about the killed Arizona crew and how to make donations to their families can be obtained at yarnellfallenfirefighters.com.