19 Del. Firefighters Head to California to Help Battle Wildfires


The Delaware Forest Service has mobilized a team of 19 Delaware firefighters to join the effort to contain wildfires in northern California.

The 2022 DES1 Diamond State Wildfire Crew: (Left to Right, Front to Back): Dave Pro of Newark and Bill Seybold of Dover; Adam Keever of Newark, Eddie Boyer of Frederica, Justin Sauble of Smyrna, Sam Topper of Federalsburg, MD, and Jim Charney of Felton; Erich Burkentine of Milton, Derek Coss of Berlin, MD, Hunter Melson of Middletown, Zachary Veasey of Millsboro, Eric Brown of Rehoboth Beach, Zach Brown of Millsboro, and Tom Hairgrove of Townsend; Ben Schnatterly of Dover, Noah Jackson of Delmar,  Nate Shampine of Hockessin, Jeff Wilson of Clayton, and Scott Veasey of Millsboro

Many of the fires have been caused by lightning and have spread due to hot, dry, windy weather.

Delaware has trained more than 600 firefighters since 1996, and crews from the 1st State have joined forces to battle wildfires in numerous states.