Everett Firefighters Responding To Northern California Fires

October 13, 2017

Everett Fire

Everett Firefighters and an Engine from Everett, Washington are headed to California to battle wildfires that continue to rage out of control. Here’s more on their deployment.

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Photo: Northwest Regional Strike Team departs for California. Provided by City of Everett

The Everett Fire Department today sent a fire engine and a crew of four to California to help battle wildfires currently burning in nine counties. The crew left at 6:30 a.m. and is headed for Napa County.

“California is being devastated by these fires, and we are glad to be in a position to send help,” said Chief Tim Key. “I am confident in the abilities of our crews and of our partners from around the county.”

Everett Fire is sending a Type 1 structural engine and four members of the department’s wildland firefighting team. The crew will be part of the Northwest Regional Strike Team. A strike team combines similar crews and resources with common communications and a team leader. In this case, the team includes five structural firefighting engines from agencies throughout the county.

On Thursday, Oct. 12, Everett Fire received their final orders from the State of California Office of Emergency Services to “assist in the firefighting efforts in the Wildland-Urban interface within the communities affected.”

Everett Fire has previously assisted with wildfires within Washington, but this is its first deployment out of state. The crew is expected to be deployed for two weeks.


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