Friday, August 04, 2017
Westport Fire Chief Robert Yost today welcomed home Assistant Fire Chief Michael Kronick following his 18-day deployment fighting wildfires with the White Mountain National Forest Fire Crew.
Mike Kronick: Back from wildfire deployment. File photo
Kronick, a 19-year department veteran, has been battling wildfires in summers alongside other Connecticut firefighters and units from all over the United States since 2002.
On this mission, he worked in the Craigmont, Idaho, Craig Mountain Complex and in Philipsburg, Montana on the Beaverhead and Deerlodge National Forest and Whetstone Ridge to Meyers Fire, Yost said.
Kronick was one of six members of the Connecticut Interstate Fire Crew, which is part of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).
DEEP maintains a roster of staff and personnel from local fire departments who are certified to fight wildfires, which, in turn, allows Connecticut to participate in a reciprocal aid program operated by the U.S. Forest Service.
Kronick most recently deployed in 2016 with Yost to assist in Idaho and Wyoming. Over the years, he has also fought wildfires in California and Quebec.
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