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This summer, some of the firefighters you'll see on the fire lines have also been on the front lines. This summer, some of the firefighters you'll see on the fire lines have also been on the front lines.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

This summer, some of the firefighters you'll see on the fire lines have also been on the front lines.

Brian Hilland, from Idaho, is one such veteran. He served in the Marine Corps for 6 years.

Michael Miller, from Michigan, is another. He served in the Navy for 10 years.

And this summer, they're working with the Bureau of Land Management to fight fires.

"Every day is a new surprise," said Miller.

"It's a really easy transition, working with other veterans," said Hilland.

And so far this summer, they're staying busy in the Northwest.

"It's similar to the military," said Miller. "It's a fun and high level of adrenaline and stress that I enjoy."

Because these firefighting teams were built to protect.

"A lot of us are used to stressful conditions, being on their feet, and sleeping under the stars," said Miller. "Over it's fun as well."

Hilland, who's in his 3rd year of summer firefighting said, "I'm just happy to be back."

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