San Diego firefighting

COUNTY TO HELP KEEP INMATE FIRE CAMPS OPEN

 

August 6, 2013 (San Diego)-- The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday  moved to ensure that low-risk prisoners remain on the front lines of backcountry firefighting.

By unanimous vote, the board authorized county staff to complete an agreement with state officials that would house qualified inmates at local fire camps operated by the state. The move came at the urging of Supervisor Dianne Jacob, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, Sheriff Bill Gore and county Chief Administrative Officer Helen Robbins-Meyer.

EMERALD CALLS ON MAYOR TO RESTORE FIRE ENGINES, LIFEGUARDS

 

Mayor mum on whether he will take action

 

By: Jeremy Los

 

February 3, 2011 – Councilmember Marti Emerald has made an official plea to Mayor Jerry Sanders to reinvest reserve funds in restoring fire engines and lifeguard services.

 

“The primary function of government is keeping its citizens safe,” said Councilmember Emerald. “I will not stand down until adequate public safety resources are restored to our neighborhoods.”

240 LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE BLAZES IN L.A. AND NORTHERN CALIFORNIA; CAL-FIRE CALLS IN OFF-DUTY FIREFIGHTERS IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY

By Miriam Raftery
 

July 31, 2010 (San Diego) – “Countywide, there are approximately 240 firefighters from San Diego at fires in the north,” Cal-Fire battalion chief Nick Schuler told East County Magazine today. That includes the Crown Fire southwest of Palmdale in Los Angeles County, which has scorched 13,918 acres and is 62% contained. In Kern County, another large blaze has charred 1,658 acres and is 85% contained.
 

About 220 of the 240 local firefighters deployed in northern regions are Cal Fire personnel, including 128 inmate firefighters. Cal-Fire employees a total of 500 people in San Diego County, Schuler said.