With forecasters predicting four days of fire weather, the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department announced Sunday that it will significantly increase staffing.
“Meteorologists at the National Weather Service have not seen models for a Santa Ana event like this in many years,” said Fire Chief Brian Fennessy. “We are being vigilant in upstaffing to protect San Diegans and their property. We ask that residents practice their evacuation plans and be prepared in case of a wildfire.”
During the period of danger, the fire-rescue department will add the following resources:
- Two Strike Teams with a total of ten brush rigs. Each brush rig carries a crew of four firefighters.
- One Strike Team with five standard fire engines. Each engine carries a crew of four firefighters.
- Two water tenders.
- Two helicopters available around the clock. The helicopter staffing includes pilots, mechanics and a firefighter to staff the fuel tender.
Brush rigs are large off-road capable fire apparatus that carry between 600 and 1,500 gallons of water. Water tenders carry 3,000 gallons of water and provide water supply to engines at vegetation fires.
The department will also increase dispatcher and dispatch supervisor staffing in its Emergency Command & Data Center.
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