Deputy operations chief Devin Capcara said the picture was taken at about 2 p.m. on Wednesday during their first bit of rest. "They took about a 15 to 20 minute break and then went right back to it," he said. "Being there, knowing that things are burning, our guys don't like to take rest breaks so they've pretty much been on the trucks the whole time." The fire crews are based out of staging areas big enough to park trucks and set up tents and are out of the fire's path — often a school or a recreation centre. Capcara said many of his members are based at a truck stop on the outskirts of the city. With no kitchen amenities to speak of, food options are limited.— Strathcona Fire (@StrathconaFire) May 4, 2016
Fire Rescue crews unload in preparation to battle a wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alta., May 5, 2016. (Photo: Jason Franson/CP)"So they're living on food that you can take with you wherever you're going," said Capcara. "The crews, after about the first 20 hours, were pretty sick of Gatorade and granola bars, which is what we have as a minimum in all our trucks." The firefighters in the second rotation are heading up with more varied provisions in their trucks, he said. Despite the tough conditions, Capcara said members are banging down his door wanting to go up. "We are co-ordinating with the provincial operations centre to support them as much as we can. Everybody wants to go, but we're being careful about being able to maintain our own emergency services here at a bare minimum," he said. "I'm having to hold back a lot of guys who really want to go up and help, for sure."
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