Go Bad with Teddy Bear

Prepare a Wildfire Evacuation Plan and Kit or “Go Bag”

Santa Ana winds are blowing 60 mph and you can see columns of smoke on the horizon. Estimated the wind direction? Towards your house, fast. The 2017 Sonama and Napa fire winds were clocked at more than 79 miles per hour. So fast, in fact, that hospital personnel had to evacuate some patients in their personal cars, and there are iconic videos of medical personnel moving fast down the street with patients in hospital beds, on oxygen, IVs still … [Continue Reading...]

Firefighter equipment can mean the difference between life and death

Firefighters throughout San Diego County Need Mobile Data Computers

Firefighters + Mobile Data Computers Time (Lives) Saved The Fire Foundation has already raised $180,000 or 53% of the one-time costs of this Project. GRANT MATCHING! A private donor has offered to match donations raised up to $10,000.   Effective Firefighter Requirements There are three critical elements related to the effectiveness of firefighters in responding to a medical or fire emergency: Having the needed … [Continue Reading...]

CA-TF8 heads out with multiple big rigs of equipment and supplies to assist Texas's Hurricane Harvey survivors

San Diego’s Best Respond to FEMA’s Call for Help During the Hurricanes

Photos courtesy of San Diego's CA-TF8. As hurricane Harvey swirled, inundating parts of Texas with more than three feet of rain, and again as Hurricane Irma decimated Florida, FEMA called in their 28 Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces, one of which was San Diego’s Cal Task Force 8 (CA-TF8). After almost two weeks assisting with Hurricane Harvey cleanup, task force members returned, only to be sent right back out. “The deployment went … [Continue Reading...]

Firefighter equipment can mean the difference between life and death

Firefighters throughout San Diego County Need Mobile Data Computers

Firefighters + Mobile Data Computers Time (Lives) Saved The Fire Foundation has already raised $180,000 or 53% of the one-time costs of this Project. GRANT MATCHING! A private donor has offered to match donations raised up to $10,000.   Effective Firefighter Requirements There are three critical elements related to the effectiveness of firefighters in responding to a medical or fire emergency: Having the needed … [Continue Reading...]

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Witch Creek Fire

Wildfire at Your Doorstep? 9 Ways Firefighters Have Been Working to Protect You

“It can’t happen here.” That’s what people thought in the 2007 wildfires when Santa Ana winds, blowing in excess of 50 mph, caused 500,000+ to be evacuated, 17 deaths, 372,000 acres to be burned and 2,454 buildings to be destroyed – many within the suburbs. According to a recent San Diego Union Tribune article, firefighters and other emergency services […]

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FireHouse 101

Firefighter line blocking fire at Camp Pendleton

Oceanside / Camp Pendleton Fire Provides Important Lessons

A recent 85 acre wildfire in both Oceanside and on Camp Pendleton provides important lessons on fire safety for the upcoming fire season. There is a high fire threat this season. Though San Diego County had a “wet” winter (more rain than average), that does not result in less of a wildfire threat.  More rain […]

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Prevention & Preparedness

Gas Leak signs from Richmond, VA Public Works

Natural Gas Leak Signs, Symptoms and Emergency Safety Steps

Signs of a Natural Gas Leak For a suspected natural gas leak call SDG&E at (800) 411-7343. Natural gas leaks are uncommon but they do happen. Their results can be terrifying. In October 2015, a hatch from a natural gas storage system blew off in Los Angeles, causing the evacuation of 1,700 homes for almost […]

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Witch Creek Fire

Wildfire at Your Doorstep? 9 Ways Firefighters Have Been Working to Protect You

“It can’t happen here.” That’s what people thought in the 2007 wildfires when Santa Ana winds, blowing in excess of 50 mph, caused 500,000+ to be evacuated, 17 deaths, 372,000 acres to be burned and 2,454 buildings to be destroyed – many within the suburbs. According to a recent San Diego Union Tribune article, firefighters and other emergency services […]

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Heat stroke or heat exhaustion? Know the symptoms

Too Hot San Diego? Know the Symptoms and Treatments for Heat Exhaustion and Heatstroke

This Summer, San Diego temperatures topped 100 degrees in the valleys and 124 in the desert-only 10 degrees shy of the hottest temperature ever recorded on the planet. Learn First Aid for Heat Stroke and be ready to help.

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