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Fire & Ice

as changing weather conditions inevitably make a fire happen. “It is a job like no other, let me tell you,” said Flinton, who stands a fit 5-foot7. “It was often what kept me in shape in the summer. “I worked with an awesome group of guys. I am just very much a team person, and I worked for a unit crew, which is a 20-man crew. “It is very team-like. I really enjoy it. It is a totally different team, but I learned a tonne. It is good money. It is exciting. It is a rush for sure.” When she graduates with her Agricultural and Bioresources degree from the U of S, Flinton will return home to work her fifth straight summer as a forest firefighter. This time when she leaves, she won’t be coming back to Saskatoon. She is returning home to a promotion as a squad boss, which means she will be leading her own crew. Flinton, who turns 23 in early April, will also be closer to her family and settle down with her boyfriend Tye Moses, who is also a forest firefighter from Williams Lake. Flinton met Moses when she was age 10 and he was 11, and he lived with her in Saskatoon for the past two hockey seasons. As strange as this sounds, Flinton said forest firefighting is quite safe. She said crews in Canada are very systematic when it comes to fighting a forest fire, which often involves establishing a control line at the back end of a fire or off to the side of a fire. That being said, Flinton said there are Julia Flinton is ready for a challenging career fighting forest fires in her home province of B.C. (Photo by Darren Steinke) dangerous scenarios. Her most chaotic exDarren Steinke games team, the Huskies all-time career “I just had so much success. I went to perience came last summer, which was an Saskatoon Express assists leader with 66 helpers and fourth five national championships, and not a lot extremely busy forest firefighting season ulia Flinton is looking forward to liv- all-time leading scorer with 80 points reof people go at all. I’ve won a national in B.C. ing one exciting life instead of two. corded during 131 regular-season games. championship with my midget team (in One day, she found herself part of a For the past five seasons, Flinton was The brilliant skater was also a key 2011), and that was amazing. thrown-together squad of five people – a star offensive defender for the University contributor to the Huskies’ Canada West “I’ve won CanWest with this team, and including her boyfriend Moses – that went of Saskatchewan Huskies women’s hockey championship victory and bronze medal nothing will ever compare to that. I am out to save a group of cabins. team. In late February, her Huskies career win at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport happy with everything that has happened.” The group of cabins were beside a lake came to an end after a 2-1 heartbreaking championship tournament in 2014. She In Flinton’s life, Huskies hockey only and a road separated them from two other loss to the University of Manitoba Bisons was named to the tournament all-star team occupied her time for eight months of the structures and the forest. When Flinton’s in the fifth overtime period of a seriesat nationals. year. During the four off-season months, crew arrived, they encountered a fire comdeciding Game 3 in the opening round of Having also spent two seasons in ban- she returned home to Williams Lake, B.C., ing out of the forest that was as tall as a the Canada West playoffs. tam and three seasons in midget AAA with to work as a forest firefighter. streetlight pole. Flinton leaves the Huskies as arguably the Notre Dame Hounds in Wilcox before Those who have just lived on the “You could feel the heat through the the greatest blue-liner the team ever had. joining the Huskies, Flinton is ready to put Prairies might not be able to appreciate truck,” said Flinton. “We got out to help, She was a first-team all-Canadian this past her hockey playing days in the past. how forested Flinton’s home province is. and there were air tankers flying around. season, a two-time Canada West first team “I am just so satisfied with what I have ac- Flinton’s father worked as a forest fireNormally during air tanker drops, you are all-star, was a second-team Canada West complished in my career,” said Flinton. “That fighter for a number of years, and you can not anywhere near it. You evac. all-star once, a member of Canada’s FISU is why I feel like it is OK to hang them up. make a living in that profession in B.C., (Continued on page 6)

Flinton goes from burning up the ice to battling forest fires

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