When a wildfire starts, one of the least noticeable entities that rush to the scene to help contain the blaze, are the heavy equipment operators and equipment movers.
Brenda and Dave Phillips are two of those unsung heroes in the Cariboo. Their equipment and equipment operators are often on stand-by during fire season. "Some fires are a state of emergency," says Brenda. "As soon as we hear of a fire, we stick by the phones because we know the call could come in at any time." A Logistics Officer at the Cariboo Fire Centre contacts the Phillips', they're directed to a given point, the 40 ton D8 bulldozer is unloaded and the construction of a fire guard begins immediately.