Tucson, Arizona 2021-06-04 08:26:26 –
Tucson, Arizona (KGUN) — Michael Blume was one of two Tucson firefighters in response to the Bighorn fire last June.
“We sent an ambulance with two paramedics. I was really surprised to see the range and scale of the resources needed,” says Blume.
Fighting wildfires is a task that requires specialized training and equipment.
“In the Bighorn era, there were no members qualified to send their trucks, no equipment,” said an engineer at the Tucson Fire Department at KP Maxwell.
Since then, the Tucson Fire Department has changed that. They have certified 12 crew members to respond to future wildfires.
“Each person must have a red card qualification. There is a minimum number of classes and retraining is done annually. It also includes fire safety equipment deployment training and an annual pack test,” Maxwell said. Said.
so Prop 101 funding passed in 2017, The department bought a new truck. Maxwell said the vehicle was something the city of Tucson had never experienced before. It was specially built for the response to wildfire.
Trucks and crew remain in southern Arizona during the peak season of Arizona fires. Starting in July, trucks have the opportunity to fight fires across our states.
“If the monsoon strikes and the danger of fire looms here, our Wildland team will be a national resource that can reach California, the Rocky Mountains, or the Pacific Northwest,” Maxwell said. ..
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