Half Moon Bay – The Coastside Fire Protection District will be participating in a county-wide wildland fire training event on May 9th in El Granada. The purpose of the training drill is to gather cooperating fire agencies and resources to practice skills and coordination to be utilized in the event of a wildfire. Local residents can expect 15 to 20 fire engines, a firefighting bulldozer, a CAL FIRE helicopter and a Ben Lomond Fire Crew to gather near El Granada Boulevard, Quarry Park and the northeast corner of Miramar between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 9th. These county-wide drills will also occur on May 12th in Brisbane and May 16th in Woodside with cooperating firefighting resources from those areas.
CAL FIRE Unit Chief, Scotty Jalbert, said, “I am thrilled for this opportunity to exercise our resources along with fire personnel from outside the area. In the event of a fire, it will benefit all of us. San Mateo County is known for the amazing cooperation among fire departments across jurisdictional boundaries, working together to provide the best emergency services to our citizens.”
As your local firefighters gear up for a busy fire season, we ask local residents to also prepare by creating and maintaining defensible space around homes. Visit the website www.readyforwildfire.org to learn about what to do within the 30 foot zone and the 100 foot zone surrounding your home. Don’t mow or trim dry grass during a Red Flag Warning Day, and be sure to mow before 10 a.m. on a day when it’s not hot and windy. Also visit www.preventwildfireca.org for information about preventing wildfires.
CONTACT: Angela Bernheisel Division Chief