Tammy Pettis, 56, has been a volunteer firefighter at West Valley Fire Department for 14 years. She also works as a trauma coordinator at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. ___________________________Some images in this series were taken with an iPhone camera; others were made with a DSLR camera. All images were processed with an app called TinType.
Even though it’s old, Pettis still uses her lucky helmet. Said Pettis: “This helmet is the one I was first issued with the fire department and the one that I ended up having on the day I came close to death. I call it my brush with death.” In 2010, the fire truck that Pettis was in, Engine 31, was engulfed by flames during the Cowiche Mill Fire. Pettis and her colleagues escaped the truck and ran for their lives.”I just remember thinking, I never thought I would die a half mile away from my house.”
Carol Roth started volunteering as a firefighter for Naches Fire Department in 2004, in Yakima, Wash., Thursday, July 28, 2016. Roth is also a full-time caregiver to her 98-year-old father, Jack Roth. She has been caregiving with various patients for almost 20 years. In regards to working both jobs Roth said, “You do almost feel like Clark Kent, just because its just such a change.” Roth described the adrenaline that comes along with going from working in a calm home environment to dashing out to burning structures. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
A hose from the Naches Fire Department in Yakima, Wash., Thursday, July 28, 2016. As a long time Naches resident, Roth used to see the firefighters struggle with limited firefighters. Roth joined the department because she saw the need. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Lili Causor, 27, wears her cowboy. Causor is a full-time volunteer firefighter at the Highland Fire Department. “It’s an adrenaline rush. You can’t just go into a burning building without adrenaline. I’ve been an adrenaline junky my whole life. Anything that moves fast catches my eye. cars, ATV’s, horses, fires.” Causer started fire fighting two years ago.
In addition to fighting fires, Lili takes care of seven horses on her family’s ranch. Lili and her dad, Martin Causor, train the horses to dance. At right is a belt that Lili Causer wears every day. She got it in Mexico; Causor’s parents are from Michoacan. She tries to go back once a year to visit family.
Brenda Molano wears the bandana that she uses to keep her hair back while fighting fire in Yakima, Wash., Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. Molano’s first memories of firefighting was when her dad would come home smelling of fire. Her father, Gleed Fire Department Lieutenant Joe Molano, inspired Brenda to become a firefighter. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
When Brenda started fighting fire in 2013, her father, Joe Molano, gave her this multi-use fire tool in Yakima, Wash., Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. Joe gifted Brenda the tool for Christmas and stressed to her to “be safe and know your training.” (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Lili Causor, 27, wears her wild land fire gear.
Lili Causor holds electrical tools in Yakima, Wash., Friday, July 29, 2016. Causer is studying to become an electrician at Perry Technical Institute. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Lieutenant Kelli Mansfield, 51, of the Naches Fire Department wears her wild fire helmet in Yakima, Wash., Thursday, July 28, 2016. Mansfield started with the fire department in 1984. She was the first women ever hired as a firefighter at the Naches Fire Department. Mansfield said “The fire chief took a big risk hiring me. I was never the strongest, but I didn’t let down. I was always there and stayed with it.”
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