If I am a homeowner attempting to put out a fire on my roof with a garden hose, am I a firefighter? Of course not. I am a man fighting a fire. No way am I a trained firefighter using high-tech communications and proper equipment.
Neither were the 29 who died at Griffith Park north of Los Angeles. They were jobless men, some homeless, hoping to survive the Great Depression, working for pennies to spruce up a city park, not to fight fires. Once fire broke out, there was no organization, no Incident Command Team directing them.
Let’s hope the media finally get over Griffith Park and call the fire on Yarnell Hill what it deserves with its 19 dead: By far, the worst of the firefighter disasters ever.