CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. --
Fire season is approaching and the Camp Pendleton Fire Department and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection stand by with resources to fight wildland fires in the event of an emergency.
Camp Pendleton firefighters extinguish approximately 300 wildland fires on base annually. More than 24,062 acres of land burned last year, which is twice as much as in 2013, according to Robert Johnson, Deputy Chief for Fire Prevention at Camp Pendleton’s Security & Emergency Services Station.
Camp Pendleton Fire Department Assets
According to Johnson, fire stations on Camp Pendleton have specialized wildland firefighting vehicles called ‘Brush Trucks’ that carry a crew of four firemen and wildland firefighting equipment. These trucks are all-terrain vehicles that have unique engines and are able to traverse the topography of Camp Pendleton.
"In addition, each station also has normal firetrucks, which are able to respond in urban areas and provide protection for structures, said Johnson. All the vehicles are assigned to fire stations that are dispersed throughout different ‘Fire Demand Zones’ in Camp Pendleton and the fire department can call on the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection for air assets.
"The Camp Pendleton Fire Department stands ready and has shown that we are capable of handling the wildland fires that we have encountered,” said Johnson. “We are also able to call in off-base resources quickly depending scale and intensity of the fire.”
Off-base support from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
According to Capt. Issac Sanchez, emergency command center captain with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection - San Diego, the entire fleet of rotary and fixed wing aircraft, fire engines and firefighting crews are available on-call from the Camp Pendleton incident commander who will be in charge of requesting the assets.
“The second you guys make the call, we can have resources responding in minutes,” said Sanchez. “The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection remains heavily committed and is ready to respond to Camp Pendleton for any emergency requiring assistance.
The requests will be made from the Cleveland National Forest from the U.S. Forest Service, which is in charge of organizing and de-conflicting the support that will be provided, said Sanchez. In addition, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection also has trained military coordinators who are experienced on working with the military and are familiar with the area, said Sanchez. These personnel are trained to operate in conjunction with the military.
To learn out more about the different resources on-call for fighting wildland fires and how to prevent them, please visit the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection at http://www.fire.ca.gov/