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Topic Reading-Vol.449-7/4/2013

Dear MEL School’s Topic Readers,
Emergency fire shelters last chance for survival.
The wildfire in Arizona took lives of 19, mostly in their 20s, elite firefighters called “hotshot crew”, or an interagency hotshot crew (IHC). It is a crew of 20 firefighters specially trained to cope with wildfires. Hotshot crews are considered an elite group among wild land firefighters, because of their extensive training, high physical fitness standards, and ability to undertake difficult, dangerous, and stressful assignments.
The last effort for survival when those wildfire fighting crews is to put themselves into their emergency fire shelters, which is designed to reflect heat and trap cool breathable air inside for a few minutes while a wildfire burns over a person. Unfortunately, this shelter wasn’t resistant enough to protect their lives from the blaze.
Read and learn about what the emergency fire shelter is like. 

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