Ellen Welcomes Ten California Firefighters

Last year’s fire
season in California was one of the
scariest in history. Over 1 and 1/2 million
acres were burned. Nearly 23,000 structures
were destroyed, and it kept firefighters working
around the clock for months. This year, we’ve already
had over 5,000 wildfires. But because of the amazing work
of California firefighters, there’s been far
less destruction throughout the state. These men and women are
heroes every single day. They’ve saved my house
and thousands of others, and I want to meet
a few of them today. Please welcome 10 incredible
California firefighters. [MUSIC PLAYING] [APPLAUSE] Hi! Hi! [GREETINGS] Thank you! (SINGING) [CHEERS] Thank you! Thank you! I love all of you. We love you, too! We love you. We love you. I love firefighters. And it is just getting to
be just scarier and scarier every– there used to be a fire season. And now, it’s just all the time. This is like a rare day off. All of you have been fighting
all these different fires we’ve been watching on the news. And so, thank you for that. And today, you have a day off. You could be sleeping,
but you’re here. So, thank you. Thank you for being here. [APPLAUSE] So, Lucas, right? Yes. Lucas, so these fires
really have been– we probably don’t
even hear about all of the fires that pop up. But they pop up almost daily. Yeah, almost 200 a week,
usually, sometimes up into 300, 400. Just in the last
week, we had 212 fires during that whole time. So only 95% of those fires
are under 10 acres or less. Only 5% is what we
actually hear about. So, the men and women here
are fighting these fires constantly, and we only
see the smaller ones. Right. Right. So you’re exhausted
because you’ve been fighting– even if it’s
the first hour, you’re hot, you’re sweaty. That equipment, how
much does that weigh? It can be 40 to 70
pounds, depending on what gear you take. But really, I
think all of us can agree that we have a job to do. People are depending on us. So, really, thinking
about being tired is just an
unacceptable decision. And we just get out there
and fight those fires. Wow. [APPLAUSE] OK, Nick. Who’s Nick? Nick. So, you missed your
daughter’s birthday. Yep. Because you were
out fighting a fire. But you did something
really sweet. So we responded to the Getty
fire on Monday morning. My daughter’s
birthday was Tuesday. And so, we stayed
on a 24-hour shift. I wasn’t going to be
able to make it home. So I called my engine
guys, and I said, hey, can you do me a favor? It’s my daughter’s birthday. We always get pink
donuts on her birthday before she goes to school. So they had to go to two donut
shops to actually find it. And they got the pink
donut and took a picture. And– [CROWD AWING] [APPLAUSE] There she is. So cute. So Station 50 got donuts
and brought it to her. And I was able to FaceTime her. And she was like, Daddy,
you’ll never believe it. The guys brought me a
donut for my birthday. And I was like,
yes, they did, baby. Yes, they did. Aw, that’s so sweet. And I have to say,
Eric, you actually saved our house last year. You were stationed at
our house when the fires were burning in Montecito. And you left the sweetest note. We were not there, obviously. We were evacuated. And everybody was
there, and I just wanted everybody to have
stuff to drink and to, like– I wanted to open up
the doors and say, sleep wherever you want. Do whatever. What did you do
there, by the way? Did you go in the house? No, we were looking for the
security cameras, though. We didn’t know it was your house
until, maybe, the third day. And when we found out, it
kind of put a pep in our step. We were just like, oh, my gosh! You know? Like, my captain, he
started being like, oh, look at the fire
over there, yeah. [LAUGHING] I’d respond like, yeah,
we should put water on it. [LAUGHING] [APPLAUSE] Ah. You have a lovely
house, by the way. Thank you. Well, and thank you so
much for protecting it. I mean, there’s so much. You know, that’s what’s
beautiful about Montecito. There’s just nature everywhere
and trees everywhere. So, it’s the scary part, too. I want to keep talking to y’all. So we’re going to take
a break, and we’ll talk more after this because we
need our funding to continue. And it’s being threatened right
now, so we’ll be right back. Lucas, you said you’ve been on
for 3 and 1/2 weeks straight. You have not had a day off. Yes, Friday, hopefully. Hopefully, Friday,
because, right now, the winds have died down,
which helps a little bit. It’s not everything because
we’re just in such a drought, everything is dry. Absolutely. Yeah. So the president has tweeted
out about cutting funding to California for our
fires, because they say our fires are our fault. What can people– do we want
to respond to that at all? It’s not our fault.
You know, we’re presented with dry winds
and dry fuel moisture where we’re dealing with
that on a constant basis. In the past, we used to
have fire seasons that were a short period of time. And now, our fire
season is year-round. So dealing with that
has been a change in the last 5 to 10 years. Right. It’s a world problem. When you talk to other
firefighters in other states– Kentucky, Florida, back
East, Australia, Chile– they’re having the same fire
seasons we are, actually. So it’s not a
California problem. It is absolutely
a global problem. Yeah. [APPLAUSE] And– Yeah. Cutting funding would
be a disastrous thing. It would be horrible. Yeah. Yeah. Well, and it’s there
to help people. It’s not even going into
our budgets to fight fire. These are funds that
are going to help people after the effects of the fire. So that doesn’t help us
fight the fires any better. It’s cutting it from
them, not from us. Yes, it’s not punishing you. Right. [INAUDIBLE] So what can people
do immediately? What can people do to
protect their homes? Well, the big thing
is defensible space. And so, we talk about that. That’s about 100
feet from your house. About 30 feet around
the house, you want to make sure that
it’s completely clean. You don’t want to put wood
or your lawn furniture up against the house. You can imagine that
that would create a fire. And then, obviously,
we have a program that all of the fire
departments in California do. It’s Ready, Set, Go! So before the fire even happens,
you get your things ready. “Set” is when the fire is there. You get everything in. You put the crates in for
your animals, everything. So the last thing
you do before you go is you put your animals
in their crates, put your ignition key
in, and drive away. We always want people
to leave early. Get out early, yes. So when people say
evacuate, evacuate. Don’t think and don’t
ever stay and try to use your garden hose. We have a lot more water than– Than the garden hose. Yeah. That’s the smarter thing to do. And where’s the best
place for people to donate if they want to help? There’s a couple of places. There’s two that we
always work with. One is the Red Cross. Another one– they want
help firefighters– is the California
Fire Foundation. Sometimes, firefighters
are fighting fires, and their house is burning down. And so, they can’t even go
look at their burned house or help their spouse. So, that’s something
that we recommend, those two organizations. And last final note,
I’d like to thank you. I think we’d all
like to thank you. You’re a wonderful
supporter of firefighters. And we absolutely, as fire
servers, appreciate your time. I thank you. Thank you. I’ll stand up. [APPLAUSE] Thank you. I don’t know what we
would do without you. I know I’ve said it for a long
time, and I’ll keep saying it. I really, really appreciate you. We think that– Hey, real quick. Yes? I want to make sure
we get this, too, is we’re all considered
heroes, and we’re allotted all the praise. But at home, our spouses
and our loved ones are taking care of our
families and our homes. And to us, they’re
the real heroes. Yep. [APPLAUSE] Good point. All right. Well, I think that
you’re all heroes. Here’s what I want to do today. Nature Valley wants to
support all the firefighters across the state of California. And they want to make
a donation of $250,000 to the California
Fire Foundation. [APPLAUSE] I want to thank Kerry
Washington and Meghan Trainor. See you tomorrow. Be kind to one another. Bye. [MUSIC PLAYING] Hi, I’m Andy. Ellen asked me to remind you
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