Assignment to CalFire Alderpoint station

Briceland Engine 5436 is back home after a one week assignment covering the Alderpoint CalFire station. While many CalFire resources were deployed to corral a recent outbreak of wildfires in the Central Valley and Southern California, some local government fire departments were called on to help fill the gaps to maintain emergency fire and medical response for the unit.

During our assignment in AP, one of the calls we responded to was a report of a vehicle fire with spread to the surrounding vegetation on a private road near the intersection of Alderpoint and Bell Springs. An officer with Alderpoint VFD was first at scene and assumed the role of Incident Commander, slowing down the vegetation fire using a backpack sprayer while also directing incoming air and ground resources by radio. E5436 arrived shortly after and assisted to contain the fire and doused the fully engulfed vehicle.

Assignments like this require us to maintain our equipment and training to a high level of preparedness, and our department dedicates many hours of volunteer hours to the task. Thank you very much to CalFire for entrusting us to staff their facilities in times of need and to our many supporters who have help build Briceland VFD into the department that it is today.

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