WPR News
9:12 pm
Wed August 3, 2005

Guard Members Not Needed For Wyoming Fires

Laramie, Wy – Nationwide, some governors are concerned that National Guard deployments leave them with less people and equipment at home- especially during fire season. But that's not the case in Wyoming.
ROSE DAVIS WITH THE INTERAGENCY FIRE CENTER IN BOISE SAYS THE FIRE SEASON ISN'T SO BAD...AT LEAST NOT YET. AND SHE SAYS FIREFIGHTERS HAVE WHAT THEY NEED.
BUT MONTANA GOVERNOR BRIAN SCHWEITZER SAYS HE WANTS MORE NATIONAL GUARDSMEN AND WOMEN TO COME BACK FROM IRAQ TO FIGHT FIRES. IN WYOMING, STATE FORESTER BILL CRAPSER SAYS HE COUNTS ON OTHER ASSISTANCE FIRST BEFORE HE TURNS TO THE NATIONAL GUARD. Crapser lists Honor Farm Inmates and contract employees on his help list, long before he would turn to the Guard. 236 WYOMING GUARDSMEN AND WOMEN ARE DEPLOYED OVERSEAS, COMPARED TO ABOUT 2300 WHO REMAIN HERE IN STATE. WYOMING REPUBLICAN CONGRESSWOMAN BARBARA CUBIN SAYS PENTAGON OFFICIALS HAVE ASSURED WESTERN LAWMAKERS THAT STATES WILL CONTUNUE TO HAVE THE RESOURCES THEY NEED.