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NM to hire military veterans to fight wildfires

April 1, 2013 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico plans to hire 40 military veterans to serve as firefighters during the upcoming wildfire season as part of a pilot program announced Monday by Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration.

Veterans will be trained and assigned to four “hand crews” to fight wildfires across the state. State Forestry spokesman Dan Ware said the military veterans will be in addition to about 250 seasonal firefighters the state typically hires.

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