WESTPORT, Conn. -- After a two-week deployment to Wyoming to help fight two separate fires in the Grant Tetons, Westport firefighters Michael Kronick and Robert Yost arrived safely back home earlier this week.
Kronick and Yost, along with the rest of the Connecticut Interstate Fire Crew, were assigned to protect property at two separate wildfires in the Grand Tetons.
During their deployment, the Connecticut crew camped along the Snake River at the base of the Tetons, where they saw temperatures fluctuate from 20 degrees in the morning to the 80s during the day.
Kronick has been deployed to the western U.S. several times, most recently to Northern California in 2015. This was Yost's first deployment.
The firefighters use vacation or their own personal time off while deployed. The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection maintains a roster of personnel from local fire departments who are certified to fight wildfires, which in turn allows Connecticut to participate in a reciprocal aid program operated by the U.S. Forest Service.