Wamsley Delivers Keynote at Firefighters Memorial

Wamsley Delivers Keynote at Firefighters Memorial

Keynote speaker Fire Chief James Wamsley of Rock Springs told the assembled audience of several hundred that “the common threads that compose the fire service bind us into one great fraternity of like-minded people of great resilience and compassion – the fabric of the fire service.” Wamsley noted that duties of firefighters expand each year, be they from career, combination or volunteer departments far beyond suppression of fires. “We are a cure-all for a host of problems that gets bigger very day. From Has-Mat to EMS; from Automatic Alarms to Rescues,” he said. Photo courtesy of County10.com

RIVERTON — A Wyoming State Forestry Division supervisor, 62-year-old Ted Drake of Newcastle, became the 50th person to be enshrined at the Wyoming Firefighters Memorial in Riverton on Saturday. “Fire Crew Supervisor Drake, a career employee of Wyoming State Forestry, supervised and trained inmates called “Smoke Busters,” well-respected teams utilized to fight wildland fires and complete many other associated projects on both federal and state lands,” according to the U.S. Fire Administration’s report of his death. He suffered a heart attack while undergoing a red-card qualification training exercise on May 14, 2014.

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