Wednesday, November 30, 2011

LAFD 'Ready Reserve Fleet' Deployed in Response to Wildfire Danger

Strike Teams Arrive at October 2008 wildfire in Sepulveda Pass. © Photo by Mike Meadows, click to view more...LOS ANGELES - In response to escalating wildfire danger, Los Angeles Fire Chief Brian Cummings has ordered augmented staffing of LAFD’s "Ready Reserve Fleet" to ensure communities historically prone to wildfire are provided optimal protection.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was notified earlier this week by the National Weather Service that weather conditions through Friday, December 2, 2011 could lead to dangerous wildfire behavior in and near the City of Los Angeles.

As a result of this information, additional firefighting resources were put in place prior to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 and will remain in service until further notice.

Augmenting the LAFD’s daily deployment will be an extra:
  • 18 Engine Companies
  • 6 Brush Patrols
  • 1 Battalion Command Team
  • 1 Water Tender
  • 1 Bulldozer Strike Team
Additionally, there will be an extra 9-1-1 Dispatcher at the Fire Department Communications Center, an Emergency Incident Technician assigned to work alongside each Battalion Chief, and a Chief Officer specially assigned to coordinate swift and effective Air Operations.

The dynamically staffed "Ready Reserve Fleet" is central to Chief Cummings' recently enacted deployment plan, allowing LAFD to respond rapidly to areas of greatest need in times of crisis.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department
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