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Rio Verde Firefighters Deployed to California Wildland Fires

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The Rio Verde Fire District recently deployed its Wildland Team to California for two weeks to help CALFire contain the state’s numerous wildfires.

Team members include Josh Johnson (Strike Team Leader), Jeff Staples (Engine Boss) Jamie Hughes (Engine Operator) and Tyler Tinsley ( Firefighter)

The team started by spending two days on the West fire in Alpine just outside of San Diego. After that the team spent five days covering the Cleveland National Forest and two days covering the Stanislaus National Forest area. The Rio Verde team was then deployed to the Ferguson fire where they spent five days doing structure preparation to help protect homes and businesses as the fire approached.

A special thank you to our Wildland Team and to those firefighters that covered their shifts while they were gone. As a result of the experience our firefighters receive on these fires, our wildland vehicles, our mutual aid agreements and our communities are in excellent shape in the event of a nearby fire.

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