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CBS news to feature Veterans Fire Corps, local veteran

Pagosan and Iraq war veteran Trevor Peterson will make an appearance on the CBS Evening News this Sunday as part of a feature on an all-veteran fire crew based out of Durango.

Peterson, a veteran of the 101st Airborne and the Iraq war, is crew leader of the Southwest Conservation Corps Veteran’s Fire Corps, based out of Durango — a crew of eight post-9/11 veterans (normally nine members).

Two weeks ago, CBS filmed the crew as they performed a controlled burn near Bayfield.

Peterson was informed Wednesday morning that the story is scheduled to air this Sunday, Oct. 16, during the CBS Evening News.

Peterson believes the story will air during the 5 p.m. show, but readers are urged to check local listings.

The Veteran’s Fire Corps aims to help current-era veterans obtain jobs via training them to work with wildland fires and with entities such as the U.S. Forest Service.

Another veteran’s fire crew is based in Tucson.

The Durango-based crew works primarily in the San Juan Mountains doing fuels mitigation, Peterson said, adding that the crew has members from all over the U.S.

Last winter, the crew worked on invasive species mitigation and last spring helped with a controlled burn in Burns Canyon.

Pagosan Travis Jones, who served with the 4th Infantry in the Iraq war, previously worked with the crew, Peterson said, and has since found a job in the field.

Post 9/11 veterans, preferably with honorable discharges, who are interested in working and training with the crew can log on to the Southwest Conservation Corps’ website, www.sccorps.org, and apply to work on the crew.

randi@pagosasun.com

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