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Westport chief returns from wildfire fight in Colorado

Chief Yost spent 14 days helping fight the wildfire at Cameron Peak in Colorado. He says his division of more than 800 firefighters helped protect homes and the University of Colorado’s mountain campus.

News 12 Staff

Sep 19, 2020, 12:27 AM

Updated 1,373 days ago

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When Westport Fire Chief Robert Yost saw the destruction from wildfires out west, he knew exactly what he had to do.
Chief Yost spent 14 days helping fight the wildfire at Cameron Peak in Colorado. He says his division of more than 800 firefighters helped protect homes and the University of Colorado’s mountain campus.
According to Yost, the crew’s work included setting up pumps, sprinklers and bulldozer lines. Yost says working on the Connecticut Interstate Wildfire crew is humbling his most recent experience was like being an army entrapped within a war.
"Each of us had a role, each of us had a job. It was a well-orchestrated, choreographed machine,” he told News 12.


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