FCFR Firefighter Deployed To Western U.S. Fires Returns

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Bunnell, FL - A nine-year veteran of Flagler County Fire Rescue is back from fighting fires in the Sequoia National Forest after a 16-day deployment. Ronald Titus said he's been deployed seven times but this time there were a number of firsts. He said, "This was a special deployment for me. It’s nice to put my training into practice, and help fellow firefighters across the country.”

This was Titus' first time assigned to a federal team, first time working as a crew boss, and the first time to see the Sequoia National Forest. He  was deployed from October 20 to November 5 to work the “Castle Fire” in the Sequoia National Forest as crew boss for the “Black Eagles #3.”

Titus said the "Castle Fire' had grown to more than 170,000 acres when he demobilized. Three-quarters of the acreage was in the Giant Sequoia National Monument and Sequoia National Forest, which surround the Alder Creek grove.

“It was something working in the areas of Redwood, Ponderosa, Sequoia Crest, and Pier Point,” Titus said. “I like being able to bring the knowledge and experience I gain back to Flagler County.”

Titus was praised by Interim Fire Chief Joe King.

“Ronald Titus is very motivated and enthusiastic,” King said. “He enjoys his work here, but he also likes being part of these specialized work crews.”

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