Today, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services transferred five fire engines to Southern California fire stations to support their local incident response as well as mutual aid resource requests for fires through California. The stations were in the cities of Rancho Cucamonga, Corona, San Marcos, Carlsbad and Redlands.
Cal OES State Fire and Rescue Chief Kim Zagaris presented the Type-III wildland fire engines to the fire chiefs and crews from each of the assigned fire departments.
Crews “kicked the tires” on their new engines, took inventory of all the on-board equipment and tested all the functions.
These engines were ordered last year as part of the governor’s concern with ongoing wildfires brought on by a fourth year of drought to provide additional surge capability to the California Fire and Rescue Mutual Aid System.
The purchase came as a result of the 2003 Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission and Governor Brown’s commitment to the ongoing drought and fire issues.
More photos of the event can be found on our Cal OES Flickr page.