My first deployment, The Cold Springs Fire, to a disaster and first experience up close and personal with the first responders.
The comradeship among the company members is great to witness. These guys and gals eat, work and rest together. They are truly there for each other on a daily basis and it shows. Our first night we had a company that decided to come check us out together. Together they received ear acupuncture for the first time. We were discussing acupuncture and they were all surprised to hear it takes a masters degree to become licensed as an acupuncturist in Colorado and most states in the USA. Then suddenly one of the firefighters proclaimed "Hey I am starting to relax!" "This stuff really works!"
Word is the next morning this company announced at breakfast they had "slept like babies", because they had acupuncture the night before. Needless to say we had a long line that night!
I was struck by the connections of everyone involved, they fight fires all over the country. Those who can no longer fight on the line support behind the lines. They have their own community made up of great people willing to do what is needed to help others in a time of extreme need.
I was honor to hear a briefing of the firefighters one evening and was struck by the leaders respect of the people and properties involved along with putting safety first. After the fire I talked to a friend whose house was within the fire and they were very impressed with the professionalism of the firefighters and the great care taken on their properties.
I believe so profoundly in Colorado Acupuncture Medical Reserve Corp's mission and this deployment made me to feel honored and lucky to be involved.