CRANDALL: it can be very dangerous, you put people in the back country in a lot of cases. Fighting fires with shovels, we try and get ahead of fires to make fire breaks, to cut trees down, to try and get ahead of the fire.
The vets do more than just fight active fires. A lot of the work involves felling dead trees and clearing brush that could start fires. After the Veterans complete six months of training, they will have the opportunity to apply to be full time forest service employees.