Take me out to the fire.
Take me out to the line.
Bring me some sawyers and hazel hoes.
I don’t care if I ever get home.
They spent the day “cutting line,” or building a perimeter of mineral soil to keep the fire from spreading, he said.
Yet they still had enough spirit to come up with a parody of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” using firefighting terms for lyrics. For those not in the know, a hazel hoe is used to trench and clear the area, while a sawyer is a person trained to down limbs and trees during wildfires.
The 20-person crew has been in the Detroit area for 10 days now, Hiner said.
Hiner says he hails from Sweet Home, Oregon, and has been fighting fires since 1996. He said he’s “never missed a season.”
While he and his crew were fighting the Lionshead Fire, his family was forced to evacuate their home.
“Yes my house was in danger,” Hiner said in between fighting fires. “Thankfully, we made it out OK.”
His wife, children and dogs evacuated their home for four days. Lucky for this firefighter, everyone is safe.
As for the rest of the song, here you go:
Root, root, root for the red crew
You know we want the most days.
Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly referred to where Hiner lives. He is from Sweet Home, Oregon.
CNN’s Holly Yan contributed to this report.