Cal OES Pre-Positions Critical Fire and Rescue Public Safety Resources Ahead of Heavy Rain and Possible Mud Flows

In preparation for significant rainfall forecasted in Southern and Central California, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) continues to work with local public safety agencies to coordinate and deploy the strategic pre-positioning of specialized fire, rescue and public safety resources and personnel in Tulare and Santa Barbara counties.  This is part of an ongoing effort by California’s emergency management and public safety agencies to ensure that critical, life-saving resources are ready and immediately available for deployment in the event of a major mudslide, debris flow, flooding or other emergency caused by significant winter weather.

The following resources and personnel are either in designated positions, or will be soon, as this latest storm system moves across the region. The pre-positioned fire resources and emergency personnel listed below are a snapshot in time, highlighting resources that were in play as of the morning of Tuesday, March 05, 2019.

NOTE: This list is subject to change without notice, based on conditions – changes, additions and cancellations are common as needs are continually reassessed.

Tulare County:

  • (1) Type 6 Strike Team made up of (5) Local Government Engines from within Tulare County – Staged at Tulare County Fire Station 19 at 22315 Ave. 152, Portville, Ca.
  • (1) OES Task Force made up of (4) OES Type 1 Engines and (1) OES Type 3 Engine all from within Tulare County Fire Departments – staged at Tulare County Fire Station 13 at 35490 Highway 198, Lemon Cove, Ca.
  • (1) Swift Water Rescue Team (4 members) – staged at Tulare County Fire Station 15 at 19603 Ave. 228, Lindsay, Ca.
  • (8) Incident Management Team members – staged at Tulare County Headquarters at 835 Akers St, Vasalia, Ca.

Santa Barbara County:

  • (1) Type 3 Strike Team made up of (5) Local Government Engines from Santa Barbara County Fire Department – staged at Earl Warren Showgrounds – 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, Ca.
  • (1) Type 3 Strike Team made up of (5) Local Government Engines from within Santa Barbara County Fire Departments – staged at Earl Warren Showgrounds – 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, Ca.
  • (1) Regional Task Force from Santa Barbara County – staged at Earl Warren Showgrounds – 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, Ca.
  • (2) Hand Crews from Santa Barbara County Fire Department – staged at Earl Warren Showgrounds – 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, Ca.
  • (1) Helicopter from Santa Barbara County Fire Department – staged at Santa Barbara Airport
  • (1) Dispatcher who will be working at Santa Barbara County Fire ECC
  • (1) Heavy Equipment Task Force made up of (1) Front end loader, (1) Grader & (1) Excavator – staged at Earl Warren Showgrounds – 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, Ca.

Be Prepared & Have a Plan

The public is urged to remain aware of their surrounding conditions and to avoid outdoor activities that may be dangerous during the rain event. Also, remember to have an emergency plan in place, emergency preparedness kits at home and vehicles full of fuel, sign-up for emergency alerts, listen to authorities and warnings and be prepared to evacuate if necessary. Check out the National Weather Service Safety Tips.

The California State Warning Center, Cal OES Regions and Cal OES Fire and Rescue Branch will continue evaluating conditions to be ready for further resource requests as necessary throughout the rain event.

For more from Cal OES, visit CalOES.ca.gov and follow us on Twitter @Cal_OES

 

Shawn Boyd

Shawn Boyd joined Cal OES as a public information officer in 2014 after a 20-year career in television news as a reporter, anchor and executive producer. He's a Cal State Sacramento alum and former US Navy yeoman and Air Force brat.

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