I don’t know of the credentials of those who volunteered but wildland fire fighting is very dangerous work and not for the untrained. Any incident commander who allowed unsolicited amateurs on a fire would be taking great risks with the lives of the volunteers, the public and the trained professional crews.
*cough* (bullshit) *cough*
I wasn’t “trained” when I fought my first wild fire, I didn’t have a “Vehicle that squirts water”, and the old couple who were fixing to watch their house burn to the ground didn’t care that I wasn’t trained either.
Dangerous yes, but when you’re exhausted, no sleep, no help, and some asshat turns away help...
Not going to give a sermon here, but if we ain’t here to HELP each other, especially in situations like this, than what the hell are we here for?
Any good “Commander” would have know how to handle volunteers, we ain’t talking civillians here, and made use of them.
They may be volunteers, but Volunteer Firefighters typically not amateurs in the inexperienced sense of the word. Just because they are not paid firefighters does not mean they are not trained nor capable.
As for unsolicited, when disasters are this out of control, good people like to do what they can do. The feds are not God, and they sure as hell do not have ultimate authority on private property. This isn't war or a riot, it is a fire.