NW Fire crew returns from cleanup on East Coast - Tucson News Now

NW Fire crew returns from cleanup on East Coast

(Source: Northwest Fire District) (Source: Northwest Fire District)
(Source: Northwest Fire District) (Source: Northwest Fire District)
(Source: Northwest Fire District) (Source: Northwest Fire District)
(Source: Northwest Fire District) (Source: Northwest Fire District)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Three of Northwest Fire District's wildland crew members are back tonight after helping clean up after Sandy and a nor'easter hit the East Coast.

They were sent out more than a week ago with 16 other people, handy with 12 chainsaws.

Their main mission was clearing debris, a job that was cut short. They were expected to be there two weeks. 

Greg Smith, Superintendent of Ironwood Hotshots said, "There's still a lot of work that could have been done out there. So to be sent home early was kind of a surprise honestly. But I don't know the reason. But glad to be home all the same."

Smith said the residents seem to be keeping their heads up.

"Residents were offering coffee and doughnuts and stuff for us so they were very appreciative and it was good to help anywhere we could," he said. 

This isn't the first time Northwest crews have helped after natural disasters. They were sent down to help after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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