By Matthew Hubbard
What is your major?
“Emergency Management with a graduate A.S. degree.”
What is your position at Angwin Fire Department?
“I work as a volunteer at the fire department. I’ve been there for two years. I came here to gain experience and wanted know what to expect with this career. Overall, I want to pursue being a firefighter.”
What was your role with these fires?
“We mostly just covered calls in many locations, we had no control where we went. [We] had some vehicle accidents, including one vehicle being on fire. We had some smoke inhalation calls as well. I never actually fought the fire itself.”
How long were you out there for?
“I worked every other day for a week.”
Did the community members do anything to assist you/fire department?
“The community has been very supportive and thankful to the fire department. It’s been really cool to see people there and be thankful at the station.”
How do we prevent a fire like this from starting again?
“One way to prepare and prevent potential fires is to make sure your house is cleared of dried brush, leaves and grass. Also, be mindful of where and when you start a fire. Make sure it’s put out before you leave it unattended.”
How did this fire start?
“It’s speculation at this time, but this fire might have been started by a downed power line.”
How do you fight the fires?
“For this fire, it really implemented ICS (Incident Command System), a standardized format for how incidents are run. FEMA was also involved. Basically, the teachings from my major came into play; the homework makes more sense now. Seeing the destruction put things in perspective for me.”
Is there anything the community members/PUC students can do to help the victims?
“The best thing to do is donate food. Clothes are donated in such high quantity that they generally don’t need anymore. Volunteering at shelters would also be a great help.”