Santa Monica firefighters, along with fire crews from Culver City and Beverly Hills, recently worked together to assist in the attack on fires in Northern California.
Santa Monica Fire Department firefighters were part of a “strike team” June 23rd that consisted of five engine companies comprising personnel from Culver City and Beverly Hills.
The team’s first assignment was to the City of Paradise, where firefighters provided structure protection for the area and subsequently responded to a 35-acre fire caused by embers from a larger fire, said Capt. Scott Ziegert, Santa Monica Fire Department spokesman.
The Santa Monica strike team, along with a strike team from Riverside County, was able to extinguish the fire, preventing it from becoming yet another larger fire, Ziegert said.
The strike team engines were then assigned to operate out of a different fire station in Butte County July 2nd. This allowed local firefighters to get some needed rest.
On the evening of July 3rd, crews received orders to relocate to the “gap fire” in Goleta. They arrived at 5 a.m. on the morning of July 4th and were immediately assigned structure protection off of Cathedral Oaks Road in the City of Goleta. Companies were released and returned to Santa Monica at midnight on Sunday, July 6th.
The Santa Monica strike team was redeployed at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 8th, to Butte County, where they were assigned to the “complex” fire in Chico. After a 12-hour rest period, firefighters were assigned to the Concow Structure Protection Group.
All Santa Monica fire stations have remained fully staffed during the strike team efforts in Northern California.