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CAL FIREJUNE 2009 ISSUEHOWARD WIND SOR Unit Chief K EVIN OLEAR Y D e p u t y C h i ef C o u n t y F i r e A u t h or i t y K ELL Y ZOMBRO D e p u t y C h i ef C A L FI R E Op e r a t i o ns N ED NICK ER SON A d m i n i str a t iv e C h i ef Support Services
San Diego County Fire Authority-Zone 7this issueEmergency Command Center P.1 Public Affairs P.2 Prevention/Education/Hiring P.3 Air Operations P.4 Training P.5 Resource Management P.6 Conservation Camps P.7-9
AIR OPERATIONS BRIEFING (SEE PAGE 4)
Division Operations P.10-21
PROUDLY SERVING THE SAN DIEGO COUNTY FIRE AUTHORITY,VALLEY CENTER, DEER SPRINGS, RAMONA, RURAL, YUIMA, AND PINE VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENTS
Chief Windsors MessageJune brings us half way through the calendar year with the beginning of summer being quite mild. We should not be lulled into a sense of false security as the fuels are burning and the conditions continue to become hotter and dryer for the next few months.
SAN DIEGO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
GREG COX District 1
DIANNE JACOB District 2
PAM SLATER-PRICE District 3
RON ROBERTS District 4
BILL HORN District 5
If you haven't done it, your target safety annual stand down was due for all CAL FIRE employees. Please make this a top priority for immediate completion, as expected. It is important that we all value this process, not because it is just another item to be checked off, but because of what Make sure to share your knowledge and brought about these safety requirements. give back to those who will follow. Our legacies as a top professional Almost without a doubt, as we read each of organization demand it. We are all part the ten standard Firefighting orders and the of the CAL FIRE blood and sweat, eighteen situations that shout watch out, those that have come and gone and they came with a Firefighter like you and I those that have yet to answer the call, losing their life. We have to commit we all have to value the honor to serve. ourselves to always respecting this kind of ultimate wisdom and never take things for Have a safe month and continue to do granted. your part to make things a little better today than yesterday.
It is that time of year for swimming and water use with the increased temperatures. This is a good time to review some basic water rescue techniques through the various scenarios you might face in your primary response area. Nothing beats preparation, if it is predictable, it is preventable. Know your areas and associated risks. Actively pursue developing your preparation through all available opportunity. Go out into your community and practice providing report on condition and size up activities.
EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTERPROUDLY SERVING CAL FIRE, SAN DIEGO COUNTY FIRE AUTHORITY, PALA, RINCON, PAUMA, SAN PASCUAL, CAMPO, SYCUAN RESERVATION FIRE DEPARTMENTS AND THE DELUZ, PALOMAR MOUNTAIN, SUNSHINE SUMMIT, CAMPO, BOULEVARD, INTERMOUNTAIN ,WARNER SPRINGS VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS
TOM GARDNER Battalion Chief DAN PAGNI Fire Captain STEVE FOSTER Fire Captain BRIAN CHRISTIE Fire Captain NICK BROWN Fire Captain COMMUNICATIONS OPERATORS LARRY CRAIG GLORIA WHITE PATRICA WILSON DENISE KESSEL LESLIE LONG SHANNON KING ALI ELLIOTT TANYA YENAWINE IRENE VASALLOS
As the summer season begins to warm up, the calls for snake removals and fires begin to increase. Several fires moved into extended attack during June, requiring the ECC to use the CalEMA Mutual Aid system to help each other. Although the Pala fire did some damage to structures, as a whole, fire personnel were very successful in San Diego on all the wildland fires in the county. As we prepare for the summer season, we have remodeled our ECC Expanded offices with new furniture donated to the USFS. I would like to thank Chiefs Hayes, Biltz, Anderson and their staff, along with Tony Chacon and Bill OConnor for the hard work in getting the swap done in a very short time frame. Now we can only hope it is not used for a while.Incident Type Fire, Wildland Fire, False State Mission Total Incident Type Fire, Commercial Fire, Multi-Family Dwelling Fire, Residential Fire, Standby Fire, Vehicle Fire, Other Haz Mat Medical Emergency Medical, Traffic Collision Rescue Public- Service Assist Other Miscellaneous Local Government Totals 2009 Totals
29 64 93
106 262 364 2009 Totals 20 1 50 34 71 279 55 3,650 713 4 368 739 6,153
4 0 10 3 12 56 10 677 128 2 88 125 1,208
PUBLIC AFFAIRS BUREAU
NICK SCHULER Battalion Chief Public Information Officer DARYLL PINA Fire Captain Assistant Information Officer ROXANNE PROVAZNIK Fire Prevention Specialist
On June 1st 2009, CAL FIRE transitioned to peak staffing levels, this transition brought an increase in media coverage. In June the Pala Fire burned more than 100 acres near the Pala Indian Reservation on Highway 76. As expected attention from the media and elected officials was extremely high. News agencies from as far away as Washington DC and San Francisco received interviews. On June 8th 2009, Captain Schuler was promoted to the rank of Battalion Chief. He will remain in his current position. On June 10th 2009, CAL FIRE held our Flight Safety Briefing and press conference at the Ramona Air Attack Base. The event was a success. For additional information please see page 4 Special Operations. CAL FIRE presented an overview of the Department and the expectations for the 2009 fire season to the Economic Development Committee in Escondido. CAL FIRE attended the 2009 San Diego Burn Run held at the Del Mar Fair.
FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU & PUBLIC EDUCATION
JIM GARRETT Battalion Chief Fire Prevention Bureau TOM MACPHERSON Fire Captain Specialist PRESTON FOUTS Fire Captain SpecialistROXANNE PROVAZNIK Fire Prevention Specialist
The Information Center opened 6 times in June; approximately 750 contacts were made to the media and public. There was one school program in June; over 150 children were educated on fire safety and Smokey Bear. Two Public Service Announcements were distributed to the media in May on Power Mowers and Fireworks Volunteers In Prevention continue to pass out educational flyers, staffed fire stations offices, assisted with training classes, worked in the Automotive Shop, provided clerical support and completed Fire Hazard Inspections within the County of San Diego. Training was held for over 50 Volunteers In Prevention..
Two public education field days were conducted, passing out equipment use flyers to equipment rental and sales vendors for their customers, and the same flyer was mailed to every welding, fence and landscaping company in the County. The San Diego County Fair was held in June, where over 1 million people were educated on CAL FIRE, Smokey Bear and Fire Safety.
VOLUNTEER HIRING COORDINATORCAL HENDRIE Fire Captain
Captain Cal Hendrie, the County funded Volunteer Coordinator, worked with the San Diego County Fire Authority to process forty new applications for community based volunteer firefighters. Seventeen firefighters were sent to training and placed into Academy #5 held at the Pala Reservation training facility. Working with San Diego Rural Fire Protection District we have identified 20 active community based volunteers that have been selected to receive focused training starting with Driver Operator and finishing with the Officer-In-Charge module. These candidates will be assigned a mentor to help facilitate this training. This approach will enable San Diego Rural to insure that they have qualified overhead to supervise new firefighters on a longer term basis to staff stations in the future. Once the first 20 have completed the driver operator module and started into the officer-in-charge module, we will have already identified the next group to start into this same process. The recruiting outreach is working very well and I receive an average of 4-5 new applications daily and have calendared more presentations to the colleges and ROP training centers to take place in July.
CAL FIRE SPECIAL OPERATIONSA COOPERATIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE SAN DIEGO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT
RAY CHANEY Battalion Chief Special OperationsRAMONA AIR ATTACK BASE
2498 Montecito Road Ramona CA, 92065 760-789-1370 FIRE AGENCIES, LAW ENFORCEMENT, AND NAVY DISPLAY ARSENAL OF FIREFIGHTING AIRCRAFT AVAILABLE TO SAN DIEGO COUNTYSan Diego County has experienced some of the largest fires in Californias History. These incidents will continue to require resources from multiple agencies and jurisdictions to cooperatively work together for one common goal, life safety and the mitigation of emergencies. On June 10th, 2009, CAL FIRE hosted a Flight Aviation Briefing for agencies with aviation assets. This training provided agencies with an opportunity to brief on communication, safety, lessons learned, and progress made over the past year. Following the training CAL FIRE hosted a press conference to highlight aviation assets available to San Diego County. The backdrop for the press conference included; CAL FIRE Air tankers, United States Forest Service, San Diego Sheriffs Department, San Diego Fire and Rescue Department, San Diego Police Department, and United States Navy Helicopters. Following the press conference the Air tankers demonstrated simulated retardant drops using water. HOIST RESCUE PERFORMED FOR HIKING VICTIM On June 28th 2009, Sheriff's Helicopter ASTREA 1 was called by Heartland Fire to assist in the rescue of a downed hiker. The location of the victim was reported as 1/4 mile down the trail from the Eagle Peak Road parking area. The trail is used by hikers to get to Cedar Creek Falls. ASTREA 1 requested that Copter 10, the hoist rescue helicopter, respond to their location from Fallbrook in the event that the victim needed to be hoisted out. ASTREA 1 arrived on scene and located the victim on the trail laying on his back. They were able to land several hundred yards above the victim and then hike down to his location. Once a patient assessment was complete, the ASTREA 1 crew determined that a hoist rescue was needed. ASTREA 10 arrived on scene 2 minutes later and set up for a hoist rescue. The crew from Copter 10 was comprised of both ASTREA and CAL FIRE personnel. The victim was hoisted off the 1800 foot level of Eagle Peak trail and brought into the helicopter. The victim was suffering from heat exhaustion and was flown to CAL FIRE-Ramona Station 81 and transferred to paramedics. Cedar Creek Falls is a popular east county hiking destination. ASTREA crews perform several rescues a year from this location. Vegetation FiresAgency: Responses Taken GILLESPIE HELITACK BASE
1745 North Marshal Ave EL Cajon CA, 92020 619-258-1397FALLBROOK HELITACK BASE
County Airport Fallbrook CA, 92028 760-723-6050
Rescues Flight Hours # Rescued Flight Hours
Other Fallbrook Ferry Hrs Flight Hours
Training Ground Hours Flight Hours
Total Flight Hours
Action Gallons Delivered
SDSO MVU MCP SNT NCF OCS Totals:
2 19 1 1 1 22 1 7,100 9,000 2,100 9.3 3.3 0.5
21.6 9.3 3.3 0.5
1.0 1 18,200 0.2 13.3 2 1.6 6.1 2.9 18.0
4.6 0.2 39.5
MIKE VOGT Battalion Chief Training Bureau JOHN BUTZ Fire Captain TONY HERNANDEZ Fire Captain Academy Coordinator DAN COLLINS Fire Captain CURTIS BROWN Fire Captain Northern & Central Division DARRIN HOWELL Fire Captain Southern Division
TRAINING BUREAUSAN DIEGO COUNTY FIRE AUTHORITY-CAL FIRE June was a busy month for the Training Bureau staff. In early June our Training staff with the assistance of CAL FIRE Heavy Equipment Operator Randy Justice provided training to 50 USMC Marines from Miramar on skills and techniques needed to operate safely on a wildland fire. The Marines received basic education on fire weather, behavior and use of safety gear so that they can be better prepared to assist CAL FIRE and the United States Forest Service on major wildland fires. June 11th marked the beginning of Volunteer Fire Fighter Academy #5. This academy is being held at the Pala Reservation Fire Departments training facility. The training has 29 students and includes members of the De Luz VFD, Pala Reservation FD, La Jolla Reservation FD, Palomar Mt. VFD, Shelter Valley VFD, Julian VFD, Campo VFD and the San Diego Rural FD. On the second day of their training the Academy students received a little extra incentive to learn the skills required of a firefighter by observing a live fire training being held at Palas training tower. Through the month of June, Training staff as well as field personnel have been assisting the Intermountain VFD with its State Fire Training Firefighter 1 Academy. Additional courses sponsored by the Training Bureau include a Rapid Intervention Crew (RIC) class, and a First Responder Medical class. This month also marked the start of our latest training program to be provided to the San Diego County Fire Authority, the Volunteer Officer-In-Charge (OIC). This training program is designed to provide the SDCFA Volunteer firefighters with the knowledge and skills to supervise a station and engine company. The core of the program is the NWCG Engine Boss course, followed by the completion of an OIC Task Book. The Task Book is designed to ensure that the candidate receives additional training in and is competent in skills such as emergency scene management, communications, personnel safety and accountability, just to name a few. Upon completion of the OIC Task Book, the candidate will be eligible to supervise a volunteer fire station and engine company. The first OIC course began in mid June. The highlight of June for the Training Bureau was the completion of a CDF-234 Intermediate Firing Methods course. This course instructs student on the tactics, techniques, legalities and hands on skills of using planned firing techniques to suppress an uncontrolled wildland fire. 30 students participated in two classroom and two field days. Due to the nature of this course and its requirements to light live fire, a great deal of planning is needed and the weather must cooperate. Fortunately, all conditions were right in early June and we were able to get the course off without a hitch.
CALFIRE firefight ers practice firing skills at M cCain Valley.g w trainin tion Cre D terven Rapid In e Chula Vista F at th
Students from Volunteer FireFighter Academy #5 observe the Pala RFD training at the Pala Reservation Fire Department tower.
Kathleen Edwards Division Chief LEAH OCONNOR Office Technician DARYLL PINA Pre Fire Captain HERB DALLAS State Archeologist DAVID JANSSEN Forestry Asst. IISHANNON JOHNSON
PRE-FIRE RESOURCE MANAGEMENTThe Pre-Fire shop had a busy month of June. The first week in June, Daryll Pina, Herb Dallas and David Janssen participated in the live fire training held at McCain Camp. Two weeks later Herb and Shannon Johnson attended the Basic Forest Practice Course at lovely Ione and sat in the front row. They were the A students. During the month, staff attended several community meetings. David Janssen led the Forest Health Committee and participated in Forest Area Safety Taskforce. Leah OConnor is the steadfast note-taker for the FAST meetings and supports the resource staff with environmental documentation. The Fire Safe Council of Greater San Diego held a luncheon on June 18 and celebrated partnerships and volunteer efforts. Daryll Pina accepted the award on behalf of CAL FIRE for outstanding partnership and support for the Fire Safe Council. Staff attended the carbon sequestration field meeting at the Visitor Center in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park on June 11. The effort of the committee is to register the reforestation of Cuyamaca Rancho State Park as the first project under the new reforestation protocols by California Climate Action Reserve (CCAR is a volunteer program to ensure fairness in the carbon market.) This project would not be possible without the support from the camp crews. Kudos to the camp crews who work out in field on those cold, wet, snowy and windy days planting the trees for the new forest and saving a few carbon atoms. On the front lines of the Archeology Program, Herb is in progress of completing the archeological survey for the Corte Madre and Palomar Observatory VMP projects. Shannon is also in progress of updating the VMP for both of these projects. David is working on the McCain Valley Camp VMP for future training burns.
Forestry Asst. II
On front lines of the Urban Forestry Program, Lynette Short is very active in presenting the CAL FIRE name to the San Diego urban community by offering grant support for tree planting and other environmentally green projects. While Lynette was away for another meeting, Shannon filled in for Lynette in presenting a On the front lines of the Fuels Treatment Grant Program, David has been bouncing between the Ramona West-End Fuel Break and the Corte Madre Roadside fuels treatment project. On the front lines for the Pre-Fire, Captain Daryll Pina met with the UC Cooperative Extension staff to coordinate the support services for the Truck Trail Database program. He participated in interview process for hiring two student interns for this summer season. Overall, resource management staff has completed 10 major projects within the last three years. Currently, the staff has 18 plus projects listed in the active phase, five projects are listed in the planning/proposed phase and nine truck-trails projects are being reviewed. As the resource management workload shifts from bark beetle to fuels treatment projects, another pest is lurking to become a significant problem. The Gold Spotted Oak Borer (GSOB) is a non-native pest that has killed several thousand oak trees in Pine Valley, Descanso, and Julian. Signs of oak tree mortality are starting to appear in the Campo area as well. The outlook is not favorable for oak trees as the pest is expected to spread and affect more oak trees within the known areas and spread into other unaffected areas. Besides the flight and incremental pathway of GSOB spreading to attack new trees, moving firewood is another source for spreading the problem. If you are thinking about moving oak firewood dont call the resource management staff for guidance. Lastly, Kathleen Edwards came on board to the Pre-Fire shop as the Unit Forester. She has been with the department for more than 25 years. The first half of her career was in fire protection and the second half in resource management. In terms of fire protection, she began her career in 1979 at the Arnold Forest Fire Station in the Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit and served two seasons riding on the back of a Model 5 fire engine. She worked as a Fire Fighter II for four years in the Santa Clara Unit-South Santa Clara Fire Protection District. She also served as a Fire Apparatus Engineer in both Schedule A and B operations for nine years. During this period, she earned an Associates of Arts from Monterey Peninsula College in 1994 and a Bachelors of Science from UC Berkeley in Forest Management in 1996. Additionally, she completed both the FF II and FAE academies, and completed the Joint Apprenticeship Committees (JAC) programs for positions in 1988 and 1991 respectively. In 1997, after graduating from college she made the switch from fire protection to resource management. Her first assignment was a temporary 6-month assignment working on the Mountain Communities Fire Safe Project in the Riverside Unit. So much for temporary assignment, she ended up working in the Riverside Unit for over eight years and worked through the ranks as a Forestry Assistant I, Forestry Assistant II to Forester I. She worked on the notable bark beetle emergency and the formation of the Mountain Area Safety Taskforce (MAST). In 2005, she transferred to the Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit and was instrumental with assisting the County of Nevada in adopting a comprehensive fire plan within the Safety Element of the General Plan. In January 2009, she returned to Southern California to work on the Hazardous Fuels Treatment Grant program based out of the Southern Area Office-Riverside, then in June she accepted the Unit Forester position for the San Diego Unit. She is a Registered Professional Forester.
NORTHERN DIVISION OPERATIONSRAINBOW CONSERVATION CAMPMIKE BRATTON Division Chief
CAL FIRE inmate crews responded to nine incidents; six vegetation fires and three cancellations in San Diego, and Riverside Counties. Emergency fire responses for the month of June totaled 1,013 hours. Crew RBW 1 RBW 2 RBW 3 RBW 4 RBW 5 Totals Number of Incidents 3 8 3 3 5 9 Fire Line Crew Hours 165 336 157 191 321 1170
PAULI SOMMER Office Technician JOHN HEGGIE Administrative Captain CHRIS CARERRA Fire Captain MARY BYRNE Fire Captain JOHN CLAYS Fire Captain EDWARD JENSEN Fire Captain TOM KLIMAS Fire Captain SHANE MONTGOMERY Fire Captain STEPHAN THOMAS Fire Captain RICH WIERENGA Fire Captain DOZER OPERATORS KEVIN LANGELOH HFEO FRED GONZALEZ HFEO
CAL FIRE inmate fire crews were involved with several community fire preventions and restoration projects during the month of June 2009. Projects include: Elfin Forest Trail building and maintenance, cleaning brush, vegetation abatement, tree removal, stream restoration; Lake Miramar and Hodges Weed abatement, trail maintenance, fence replacement, facility maintenance; Live Oak Park Facility maintenance, landscaping, tree removal; Fairbanks Ranch Construction of fuel breaks, weed abatement, brush clean up; Rincon Water Hazard abatement work; San Marcos Fire Brush removal, weed abatement; San Dieguito Park Weed abatement, plant removal, trail maintenance, chipping brush; Rainbow Water Brush removal, weed abatement; Santa Fe Irrigation Brush removal; Vallecitos Water - Weed abatement, brush clearance; Wilderness Gardens Fuel break maintenance, fuel reduction, trails construction and maintenance, grounds maintenance. Palomar Mountain - Falling trees, chipping of slash, bucking trees. Moosa Canyon Fuel Removal from around the community of Deer Springs. Fire defense, public safety, elimination of hazardous fuel beds. City of Vista Vegetation management on city owned land in the city of Vista. Creating a 100-foot fuel modification behind the residences. Projects San Diego City Water: San Diego County Parks: San Diego City Lakes: San Diego City Fire Dept. Total project hours: Total Crew Hours 0 216 48 64 552
CENTRAL DIVISION OPERATIONSPUERTA LA CRUZ CONSERVATION CAMPJOHN WINDER Deputy Chief REBECCA SCOTT Office Technician NEIL MCCLEMENT Administrative Captain MIKE NG Fire Captain ROBERT EDMAN Fire Captain JEFF NIJINSKI Fire Captain CHRIS GILMORE Fire Captain DARREN JANATA Fire Captain EDDIE MCKENZIE Fire Captain CARL COULTRESS Fire Captain BRAD ENGELHORN Fire Captain CLAY WILLIAMS Fire Captain DOZER OPERATORS MICHAEL BEAN HFEO
Cal Fire Puerta La Cruz inmate fire crews responded to two incidents; both were vegetation fires located in San Diego County. Emergency fire responses for the month of June totaled 128 crew hours. Puerta La Cruz CC#14 received a new crew bus. Crew PLC 1 PLC 2 PLC 3 PLC 4 PLC 5 MKU Totals Number of Incidents 2 1 0 1 1 0 2 Fire Line Crew Hours 54 16 0 13 45 0 128
Cal Fire Puerta La Cruz inmate fire crews totaling eighty (80) members were involved with several community fire prevention and forest health enhancement projects during the month of June totaling 8470 hours. Projects included: Cal Fire Stations Weed abatement, grounds maintenance and general up keep. San Felipe Valley Fuel Reduction Fire line construction around a proposed burn. Ramona West End Fuel Break HFT Clearing and chipping brush. Navy Survival Evasion Resistance Escape Remote Training Site Brush clearance, weed abatement, bucking trees and general grounds maintenance. Ramona Water District Weed abatement, tree trimming, brush clearance, and various grounds maintenance. San Diego Wild Animal Park Brush clearance. Project Training Cal Fire/SDCFA San Felipe Valley Fuel Reduction Ramona West End Fuel Break HFT SERE Remote Training Site Ramona Water District San Diego Wild Animal Park TOTAL PROJECT HOURS Total Crew Hours 1736 656 78 4608 248 808 336 8470
CENTRAL DIVISION OPERATIONSLA CIMA CONSERVATION CAMPSTEVE HEIL Deputy ChiefCal-Fire inmate fire crews responded to two vegetation fires in San Diego County Emergency fire responses for the month of June totaled forty-one hours.
SANDRA MCKOVICH Office Technician KIRSTEN WALKOWIAK Administrative Captain JIM BISCALIUZ Fire Captain TRACY COLBURN Fire Captain KEN MOFFITT Fire Captain HAL WALKER Fire Captain ERIC WINKLER Fire Captain DOZER OPERATOR CRAIG BROWN HFEO
Crew LCM 1 LCM 2 LCM 3 LCM 4 Totals:
Number of Incidents 0 0 1 2 2
Fire Line Crew Hours 0 0 15 26 41
Cal-Fire inmate fire crews were involved with several community fire prevention and restoration projects during the month of JUNE totaling 7616 hours. Projects included: Lake Murray & Sutherland Dam- Cleaning up brush, widening of fuel break, felling trees, and general construction; Lake Jennings - Weed abatement, and brush clearing; El Capitan, San Vicente, Volcan Mountain - Clearing access roads, and cleaning up surrounding brush overgrowth; Heise Park / Lake Jennings - Weed abatement, and brush clearing; Cuyamaca Peak - Chipping brush, and weed abatement; State Parks - Brush clean-up, felling trees, clearing access roads, and weed abatement.
PROJECT USFS / VMP Burn Projects Community Service Anzo Borrego State Park Cuyamaca State Park City of San Diego Water District County Parks of San Diego San Diego MVU Unit Forest Health Projects TOTAL PROJECT HOURS
TOTAL CREW HOURS 0 0 0 992 2488 3504 384 248 7616
NORTHERN DIVISION OPERATIONSERNIE MARUGG Battalion ChiefCongressman: Duncan D. Hunter Senator: Dennis Hollingsworth Assemblyman: Martin Garrick Supervisor: Bill Horn
BATTALION 1PROUDLY SERVING THE DEER SPRINGS FIRE DISTRICT
RED MOUNTAIN STATION 10 3660 East Mission Road Fallbrook, CA 92028 MILLER STATION 15 9127 West Lilac Road Escondido, CA 92025 DELUZ STATION 16 39431 Deluz Road Fallbrook, CA92028 STATION 11 8709 Circle R Drive Escondido CA, 92026 760-749-8001 STATION 12 1321 Deer Springs Road San Marcos CA, 92069 760-741-5512 STATION 13 10308 Meadow Glenway East Escondido CA, 92026 760-751-0820
Battalion 1 would like to welcome Phil Tarshis as the new Limited Term Captain at DeLuz Station 16. FC Tarshis came from Riverside where he worked as a Captain in the Home Garden/Corona Battalion. We also had a promotion from Miller Station 15. Firefighter Ryan Mitchell is now a Firefighter II. FF Mitchell worked in the Julian Battalion before going to Helitack and then to Battalion 1. In the month of June, Cal fire Battalion 1 stations responded to over 50 calls with North County Fire. Some of these calls included medical aids, structure fires and vegetation fires. On June 1st Red Mountain Station 10 assisted North County Fire with a structure fire near the north end of Fallbrook. When North County Fire arrived on scene they found a fully involved motor home parked next to a residence. E3391 arrived on scene and was assigned to exposure protection. The motor home was a total loss but the house had minimal damage. June 3rd brought 6 lightning strikes to the battalion. E3391 from Red Mountain, E3381 from Miller and North County Fire responded to a vegetation fire off Willow Glen. Upon the arrival of E3391, the small spot grew to an acre in size. The engine crews worked quickly to contain the fire before it threatened any homes in the area. The week of June 22nd was filled with training. North County Fire Station 4 held training consisting of wildland drills. All of the North County engines along with Miller and Red Mountain stations rotated through the drills assisted by Copter 10. The drills focused on hoselay operations with the use of Copter 10 water drops. The two agencies worked well together learning the different techniques of one another. The fireworks show ended the month, hosted by Pala Casino. Engines from Miller, Rincon and Pala Fire were in attendance.
DAVID ALLEN Battalion ChiefCongressman: Duncan D. Hunter Senator: Dennis Hollingsworth Assemblyman: Joel Anderson Supervisor: Supervisor Dianne Jacob
SOUTHERN DIVISION OPERATIONS
BATTALION 2PROUDLY SERVING THE RURAL FIRE DISTRICT
On June 01, 2009 Sta. 20 Monte Vista got a new Fire Captain. FC Angel Hendrie transferred over from the San Diego Rural Fire Protection District. Both Monte Vista and Flinn Springs are continuing to train with the Volunteer stations out of Dehesa and Harbison Canyon. This happens every Thursday when calls permit at 1900. The Cal Fire stations take turns going to the weekly training. Also Engine 3372 is training with the Inmate Fire Crew out of Donovan Prison, San Diego Rural Station 26 in Otay Mesa. Battalion 2 has currently put thru 15 Firefighters thru the TLO, Terrorism Liaison Officer basic class. On Tuesday June 16 at 0539 Engines 3372, 3354R from Monte Vista and 3392 out of Flinn Springs along with Battalion 3312 responded to a fully involved double wide mobile home fire in Harbison Canyon. Sycuan units were the first at scene and knocked down the fire. Cal Fire Units assisted with Salvage and Overhaul. Also on Tuesday the 16th of June, at 1831 Engines from Cal Fire including all Engines from Battalion 2 responded to a vegetation fire at the Lake Jennings exit in Lakeside. The Sierra Fire as it was called was approximately 3 acres. The fire was in a creek bed with very thick bamboo. The first unit at scene reported the fire to be acre in heavy fuels with a slow rate of spread and no structures threatened. Battalion 3312 arrived on scene and established a unified command along side Battalion 1 from Lakeside, The fire was contained at 1929 with the help of 1 fixed wing aircraft and 1 helicopter, which made several drops on the fire. Cal Fire Engines remained on scene for several more hours for mop-up and also returned the next day to continue with the mop-up. On Wednesday June 24, 2009 Both Engines 3372 and 3354R from Monte Vista responded with Chula Vista and San Diego Rural Station 36 to a single vehicle accident on Otay Lakes Rd. that resulted in a single fatality. Engines 3354R and 7316 remained on scene and assisted Chula Vista with the Body Recovery of the driver. Saturday June 27, 2009 was a day for fun. Engine 3372 went to the SDG&E Open House Fun Day in El Cajon. There the engine set up under a tent and displayed a McCloud with gear hung over it to make look like a firefighter, where little kids could see what gear we wear. Also on display were several different types of tools. Also a lot of the kids tried on hose packs. The firefighters answered lots of question and passed out stickers and were there for 4 hours. The SDG&E employees had a big BBQ were the crew got to have a nice lunch. Monday June 29, 2009 Engines 3372 and 3354R from Monte Vista went to the Vista Grande Elementary School and spoke to about 75 children. Smokey the Bear went along and as always, was a big hit. The crews talked about Fire Safety and the dangers of Playing with matches. Engine 3354R did a great Hydrant Lay Demo. Little Goody Bags were passed out to all the kids. Last but not least a new Engine number was added to the fleet. E3362, which is the old Engine 3364. Engine 3362 will be housed out of Monte Vista Station 20. It is an older Model 14. It will join the front line along with Engine 3372.
MONTE VISTA HQ STATION 20 2249 Jamacha Road EL Cajon, CA 92019 619-590-3100 FLINN SPRINGS STATION 21 9711 Flinn Springs Road EL Cajon, CA 92021 OTAY STATION 22 446 Alta Road San Diego, CA 92154 HARBISON CANYON STATION 24 551 Harbison Canyon Rd EL Cajon, CA 92019 DEHESA STATION 25 5425 Dehesa Road EL Cajon, CA92019 DONOVAN STATION 26 480 Alta Road San Diego, CA 92154
SOUTHERN DIVISION OPERATIONS RURAL FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
Three new Fire Captains have been added to the Battalion.
DAVE NISSEN Division Chief www.sdrfire.org BOARD OF DIRECTORS Will Eastwood President Dale Amoto Member Larry Baldwin Member Randy Terry Member Louis Russo MemberOTAY STATION 22 HARBISON CANYON STATION 24 DEHESA STATION 25 DONOVAN STATION 26 LAWSON VALLEY STATION 33 LEE VALLEY STATION 34 DULZURA STATION 35 JAMUL STATION 36 DEERHORN VALLEY STATION 37 TECATE STATION 38 POTRERO STATION 39 LAKE MORENA STATION 42 JACUMBA STATION 43 DESCANSO STATION 45
Shaun LaBarre-Station 30 Duluza Chris Tate-Station 31 Potrero Brian King-Station 32 Lyons Valley
Cal Fire Battalion 3 personnel continue to actively support the expansion of the San Diego Rural FPD CERT chapter. Completion of the second CERT academy for Deerhorn Valley. 12 new CERT members completed this training. FC Brian King, FAE's Jason Christofferson, and Israel Pinzon provided, fire safety, basic medical care, and physical rescue instruction. Initiated the Daley Vegetation Management project. Objective; habitat and native vegetation protection by eliminating potential for road side ignition by strip burning along Hwy 94 from Rancho Jamul Dr to Honey Springs Rd.
VEHICLE OVER THE SIDE Engine companies responded to an over-the-side traffic collision on Skyline Truck Trail. Engine 7316 utilized rope rescue equipment to bring a patient with minor injuries up a fifty foot embankment. The patient was transported to Grossmont Hospital by Medic 66. Units assigned included Battalion 3313, Engine 7316, 7317, 3353, 3354, Prevention 3322, AMR Medic 66, AMR Supervisor and the California Highway Patrol.
SOUTHERN DIVISION OPERATIONSMike White Battalion ChiefJOHN KREMENSKY
BATTALION 3PROUDLY SERVING THE RURAL FIRE DISTRICT
Congressman: Bob Filner Senator: Dennis Hollingsworth & Denise Moreno Ducheny Assemblyman: Joel Anderson Supervisor: Dianne Jacob
MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT CAUSES SERIOUS INJURIES Traffic collision motorcycle down at the 7 mile marker of Otay Lakes Road. A single patient was transported by Mercy Air 6 due to the extent of injuries. Units assigned included Engine 7316, 7317, California Highway Patrol, United States Border Patrol, Fish & Wildlife Fire Engine 58, and AMR Medic 66. FATAL TRAFFIC COLLISION Fatal rollover traffic collision over-the-side on Otay Lakes Road mile east of Wueste Road. Upon arrival Engine 7316 found a single vehicle into a tree. Due to the position of the vehicle and extent of damage, the vehicle had to be pulled away from the tree before extrication could take place. Engine 7316 & Chula Vista Fire Department USAR 53 extricated the patient before Medics pronounced the victim at the scene. Units assigned included Engines 7316, E3372, AMR Medic 66, Chula Vista FD Battalion 52, Engine 58, USAR 53, and the California Highway Patrol.
DULZURA STATION 30 17304 Highway 94 Dulzura CA, 91917 619-468-3391 POTRERO STATION 31 25130 Highway 94 Potrero CA 91963 619-478-5544 LYONS STATION 32 17759 Skyline Truck Trail Jamul CA, 91935 619-468-3435 LAWSON VALLEY STATION 33 3890 Montiel Truck Trail Jamul CA, 91935 619-659-0887 LEE VALLEY STATION 34 15781 Lyons Valley Road Jamul, CA 91935 DULZURA STATION 35 1135 Community Building Road Durzura CA 91917 619-468-3256 JAMUL STATION 36 14145 Highway 94 Jamul CA, 91935 619-669-6580 DEERHORN VALLEY STATION 37 2383 Honeysprings Road Jamul CA, 91935 619-468-3030 TECATE STATION 38 440 Tecate Road Tecate CA, 91980 619-478-9005 POTRERO STATION 39 24550 Highway 94 Potrero CA, 91963 619-478-5900
ROLL OVER TRAFFIC COLLISION On June 26th 2009, engine companies responded to a rollover traffic collision in the 13400 block of Proctor Valley Road. Upon arrival engine 7316 found a F250 Ford pickup on its roof with 5 occupants inside. Medic 66 transported one pt. to Grossmont, the remaining 4 refused treatment. Units assigned included Engine 7316, AMR Medic 66, Medic 420, Chula Vista Engine 56, California Highway Patrol, and the San Diego Sheriffs Department. STATION 39 POTRERO June 3rd and 4th Potrero Water Tender 7359 worked in Cooperation with Cal Fire and other Fire agencies in a Firing methods and procedures class. This cooperative effort provided several SDCFA firefighters with experience in live fire training. VEGETATION FIRE July 3rd - Firefighters responded to a 1 1/2 acre vegetation fire, Skyline Truck Trail East of Lyons Valley Road. Approx 6 engines from Cal Fire, San Diego Rural, United States Forest Service, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, 2 air tankers, 1 air attack and 1 McCain Crew responded to the incident. The fire was contained in less than 30 minutes, units remained on scene for approximately 4 hours for mop-up and hand line construction.
JOHN FRANCOIS Battalion ChiefCongressman: Bob Filner Senator: Denise Moreno Ducheny Assemblyman: Joel Anderson Supervisor: Dianne Jacob
BATTALION 4PROUDLY SERVING THE RURAL and PINE VALLEY FIRE DISTRICTS
SOUTHERN DIVISION OPERATIONSAnother month has gone by and its still full speed ahead. Congratulations to TAU Captains Abby OLeary, Kyle Custeau, and Eric Ortega. These individuals will make fine Mentors and Supervisors. We would like to welcome Lt. Engineer Brian Hodo and Lt. Engineer Rocky Voll. Brian worked in Warner Springs as a Firefighter I and has been a member of the Julian Volunteer Fire Department. Rocky worked in Ramona as a Firefighter I; as a permanent Firefighter II, and worked last season as an Lt. Engineer in Julian. The other addition to the Battalion is a Model 34C Fire Engine. It is nice to have updated equipment to better serve the public. Our thanks go to the Firefighters for aiding in the mounting of equipment, and to Firefighter Keith Georgis fabrication skills. They are doing a fantastic job. June 1, 2009 At approx. 2300 hrs, Cal Fire Station 40 units with the Campo Vol. FPD, and AMR, responded to a vehicle roll-over on the border road, 2 miles west of Forest Gate Rd. Units arrived on scene to find a Border Patrol Unit approx. 200 ft. over-the-side. The Border Agent was rescued by fire personnel utilizing rope rescue equipment. The agent with non-life threatening injuries was transported to the Hospital by ground ambulance. No further information was obtained. Thursday June 18, 2009 At approx.1441 hrs, resources from Cal Fire, Campo Vol. FPD, San Diego Rural, and the U.S. Forest Service responded to a vegetation fire on Shockey Truck Trail cross of Smith Canyon. The Fire was reported to be acre in sparse fuels, moderate rate of spread with a calm wind. The Fire was on a west facing slope and no structures were threatened. Due to the conditions, initial attack ground forces were able to contain the fire at 1 acre. All fixed wing aircraft were cancelled. Copter 12 from the San Diego County Sheriffs Dept. remained on scene until the fire was contained. The Cause of the fire was shooting related.
CAMPO STATION 40 31577 Highway 94 Campo CA 91906 619-478-5516 WHITE STAR STATION 41 1684 Tierra Del Sol Road Boulevard CA, 91905 619-766-4533 LAKE MORENA STATION 42 29690 Oak Drive Campo CA, 91906 619-478-5960 JACUMBA STATION 43 1255 Jacumba Street Jacumba CA, 91934 619-766-0887 PINE VALLEY STATION 44 28850 Old Highway 80 Pine Valley CA, 91962 619-473-8445
Station 40 Approx. 45 Medical Aides, 7 Traffic Collisions, 8 Vegetation Fires, 1 Vehicle Fire, 2 FMS, and 1 Smoke Check Station 41 Approx. 26 Medical Aides; 6 Traffic Collisions; 2 Vegetation Fires; 4 False Alarms Station 42 Approx. 23 Medical Aides; 3 Traffic Collisions; 7 Vegetation Fires; 1 Structure Fire; 3 Vehicle Fires; 1 PSA Station 44 Approx. 16 Medical Aides; 11 Traffic Collisions; 2 Vegetation Fires; 2 Vehicle Fires; 1 Hazard Materials; 7 PSA; 3 False Alarms
PINE VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT
JOHN FRANCOISBattalion Chief BOB URIBE Administrative ChiefCongressman: Bob Filner Senator: Denise Moreno Ducheny Assemblyman: Joel Anderson Supervisor: Dianne Jacob
Pine Valley welcome nearly promoted Firefighter II Mitch Hubbard to the District. Firefighter Hubbard brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. The Pine Valley Fire Protection District started its 16th Firefighter I Academy on Thursday, June 18th 2009. The academy will train volunteer and reserve firefighters from several backcountry fire agencies. A class of 20 recruits from Campo Fire, Mt. Laguna Fire, Boulevard Fire, San Diego Rural Fire and Pine Valley Fire will complete a 380-hour training curriculum, including firefighter safety topics, hazardous materials response, structural and wildland fire suppression techniques.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS BEN TULLOCH President DICK FOSS Treasurer CHERRY DIEFENBACH Secretary FRANK WHITELEY Member MARK WHITE Member WILLIAM HUSCKEY Member STEVE DAVIS Member PINE VALLEY STATION 44 28850 Old Highway 80 Pine Valley, CA 91962 619-473-8445
CENTERAL DIVISION OPERATIONSMARK OSTRANDER Battalion ChiefCongressman: Darrel Issa Senator: Dennis Hollingsworth Assemblyman: Kevin Jefferies Supervisors: Bill Horn & Dianne Jacob
In preparation of adding two additional Fire Stations in Battalion 5, personnel coordinated with staff from San Diego County Fire Authority to open two new stations in the communities of Ocotillo Wells and Shelter Valley. Captain Jason McDermott has returned to his roots at Julian, Engineer Adam Gettman has also transferred to Julian from Warner Springs. Station personnel are working on the Community Defense Zone plan, which consists of developing a series of fuel breaks, fire road improvements and water tank improvements to protect the Julian area. Saturday June 27, 2009 the crew of Engine 3355 was en-route to medical aid when they arrived on scene of a head on motorcycle accident. According to bystanders an individual riding his motorcycle was heading south on Highway 79 when he went into oncoming traffic and struck another motorcycle heading north between the bike and its sidecar. One patient was non-injury , a second patient was in stable condition with what appeared to be a fractured leg and was transported by ground ambulance, a third patient which had to be extricated from the sidecar due to extensive damage was in critical condition and was flown to the hospital by Mercy Air.
JULIAN STATION 50 1587 Highway 78 Julian CA, 92036 760-765-0511 CUYAMACA STATION 51 13650 Highway 79 Julian CA, 92036 760-765-0085 WARNER SPRINGS STATION 52 31049 Highway 79 Warner Springs CA 92086 760-782-3560
Station 50 responded to a vehicle into the bank in Julian, upon arrival the engine company found a sedan in the lobby of the Rabobank. The driver was uninjured, and with 3385 assisting Julian Fire, Firefighters secured the vehicle and building.
Station 50 received a new model #34 to replace 3365 now (3399R), the 2009 HME/ Ahrens-Fox is big, but a very capable, state of the art WUI engine.
NORTHERN DIVISION OPERATIONSJEFF JOHNSON Battalion ChiefCongressman: Darrell Issa Senator: Dennis Hollingsworth Assemblyman: Kevin Jefferies Supervisor: Bill Horn
PROUDLY SERVING THE VALLEY CENTER FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT AND THE YUIMA WATER DISTRICT
RINCON STATION 70 16971 Highway 76 Pauma Valley CA, 92061 760-742-3243 VALLEY CENTER STATION 71 14946 Vesper Road Valley Center, CA 92082 760-749-1702 VALLEY CENTER STATION 72 28234 Lilac Road Valley Center, CA 92082 760-751-7600 VALLEY CENTER STATION 73 28205 Lilac Road
CAL FIRE Engine 3367 arrived on scene of a vehicle into a power pole. One person was trapped in vehicle and requiring extrication. Firefighters spent thirty minutes extricating the victim from the vehicle. The patient was treated and transported to Palomar Medical Center by ground in moderate condition.
On June 6th 2009, Firefighters responded to a structure fire in the 29,000 block of Twain Way. When firefighters arrived they found a double wide mobile home fully involved. A family of five was in the home when it caught fire, fortunately no one was injured when they escaped the blaze. The red cross was notified and responded to assist the family who lost everything in the home. After an investigation, it was determined that a faulty water heater caused the fire. Fire Marshal George Lucia estimated the building and contents a sixty thousand dollar loss.
Firefighters train at Station 71 on proper ladder techniques to ensure readiness
BATTALION 7VALLEY CENTER FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICTOn Monday June 22, 2009 Valley Center Batt 7 had a rope rescue training drill. The drill was held at Valley Center station 71. Stations that were invited to participate in the training drill were station 71 both district stations 72 & 73, Rincon station 64 and San Pasqual station 67. The drill consisted of utilizing Truck 6411 as a high point pick off and engine 7712 as the lowering/raising team. E7712 has a new peace of equipment for over the side called (ARRS1). The new ARRS1 equipment takes the place of a lowering/raising team down to 2 to 3 people. The drill went well and batt. 7 is looking forward to doing more training with the local fire departments. On June 2nd 2009 Engine Companies from CAL FIRE-Valley Center Fire Protection District responded to a vehicle accident involving a pedestrian and power pole. Engine 3367 arrived on scene and found one patient laying on the ground behind the left rear wheel. A second patient was sitting on the side of the road behind the vehicle. The patient that was hit by the truck, was responsive only to pain with major trauma to the head and was flown by Mercy Air 5 to Palomar Medical Center . The driver of the vehicle had minor injuries and complained of face and neck pain and was ground transported to Palomar Medical Center.
JEFF JOHNSON Battalion Chief George Lucia Fire MarshalCongressman: Darrell Issa Senator: Dennis Hollingsworth Assemblyman: Kevin Jefferies Supervisor: Bill Horn
BOARD OF DIRECTORS DAN THORTON President WEAVER SIMONSEN Treasurer OLIVER SMITH Secretary MEL SCHULER Member BILL PALMER Member Valley Center Station 72 28234 Lilac Road Valley Center, CA 92082 760-751-7600 Valley Center Station 73 28205 Lilac Road Valley Center, CA 92082 760-751-7605
Firefighters extinguish a vegetation fire on Old Castle Road in Valley Center
PALOMAR MOUNTAINVOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT ZONE 7George E. Lucia, Sr. Fire Chief Cliff Kellogg Battalion ChiefCongressman: Darrell Issa Senator: Dennis Hollingsworth Assemblyman: Kevin Jefferies Supervisor: Bill Horn
June 1st 2009, Chief Lucia talks about the plan for a wildfire coming up an easement in the Crestline area of Palomar Mountain.
Board of Directors Susie Kellogg President Doug Lande Vice President Linda Thorne Secretary Keith Ronchetti Treasurer Bruce Graves Member-at-Large
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Chief Lucia conducted a walk through with the Fire Fighters for a simulated wildfire in the Crestline area. The exercise included a progressive hose lay, pumping evolutions and proper use of nozzle application.
BATTALION 8RAMONA FIRE DEPARTMENTMARC HAFNER Battalion Chief GREG GRISWOLD Battalion Chief SAUL VILLAGOMEZ Battalion Chief Fire MarshalCongressman: Duncan D. Hunter Senator: Dennis Hollingsworth Assemblyman: Joel Anderson & Nathan Fletcher Supervisor: Dianne Jacob
The Ramona CERT members installed 64 smoke detectors in mobile homes located at 1212 H street. This is a senior community where CAL FIRE units responded last month to a structure fire that the occupant was un-aware of, due to a faulty smoke detector. In Ramona the Senior Smoke Alarm Program is a joint effort by the Burn Institute, the Ramona Fire Department, Ramona CERT and the Ramona Emergency Assistance League. Station 80 units along with San Diego County Sheriffs participated in a safety demonstration for the Boy Scouts of America. CAL FIRE-Ramona Fire Department and the San Diego County Sheriff Neighborhood Watch coordinator have teamed up to put on two to three community meetings a month. The response from the community has been very positive. This has given us a great opportunity to get out and meet the people we work for. The information we have given ranges from brush clearance guidelines, home safety, evacuation plans, earthquake preparedness, animal evacuations, medication safety, pool safety to when can they come visit us at the station.
BOARD OF DIRECTORSJim Robinson President Division 4 Bryan Wadlington Vice President Division 3 Darrell Beck Secretary Division 1 Everett Hager Treasurer Division 5 George Boggs Director Division 2 RAMONA STATION 80 829 San Vicente Road Ramona CA, 92065 760-789-8914 RAMONA STATION 81 24462 San Vicente Road Ramona CA, 9205 760-789-9465 RAMONA STATION 82 3410 Dye Road Ramona CA 92065 760-789-0107
Ramona CAL FIRE unit responded to a vehicle vs. a semi truck on Highway 78 on the border of San Pasqual.
Cary Coleman Battalion Chief www.intermountainfire.org Jeremy Christofferson Battalion Chief John Boyer Battalion ChiefCongressman: Duncan D. Hunter Senator: Dennis Hollingsworth Assemblyman: Joel Anderson & Nathan Fletcher Supervisor: Dianne Jacob
Intermountain Fire Department participated in the 2009 Burn Run in support of the San Diego Burn Institute. Firefighters assisted in staffing the Ranchita Station for one day and Campo Station for two days. Firefighter I Academy #6 completed their wildland training 67 hour and are over halfway through the 486 hour academy, scheduled graduation date is August 24th 2009. Currently there are 20 trainees in the academy.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Charlie TeichertPresident
Russ MeskellVice President
Phil BenoitBoard Member
Jeff UranBoard Member
Maurice WatersBoard Member
Bill MiddletonBoard Member Station 85 25858-A Highway 78 Ramona, CA 92065