updated: Apr 12, 2017, 6:01 AM
Source: City of Santa Barbara Public Information
On Wednesday, April 12th fire departments throughout Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties will be conducting a large-scale wildland urban interface firefighting drill in preparation for the upcoming fire season.
The drill provides an opportunity for firefighting and law enforcement personnel to exercise resources and equipment utilized during a wildland fire response along Santa Barbara’s urban front country. The focus throughout the day will cover skills and tactics used to perform structure defense, air operations, communications and evacuation procedures. Training of this nature is invaluable to the crews involved. Additional benefits include familiarizing mutual aid resources from other counties to the terrain, history and challenges faced when responding to a wildfire along southern Santa Barbara County.
This drill is a simulation only. No live fire will be used at any point during this training. Residents may see a steady stream of fire engines and support personnel along Cathedral Oaks between Santa Barbara County Fire Department headquarters and Cieneguitas Road from 7:30 AM through 4:00 PM. Helicopter activity in this area is for drill purposes only. Planners of this event have arranged for fire equipment and crew movement throughout the drill to impact the communities as little as possible.
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