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LAFD Helicopter Sent To Thousand Oaks Brush Fire

Monday, January 22, 2007 |

Pursuant of two separate Mutual Aid Requests, the Los Angeles Fire Department first assigned one water-dropping Helicopter and later one Strike Team of ground-based Firefighters to the Ventura County Fire Department in their battle against a wind-driven brush fire near Hampshire Road and Foothill Drive in Thousand Oaks, California west of our City.

These twenty-four members of the Los Angeles Fire Department were dispatched to the wildfire in accordance with California's Fire & Rescue Emergency Mutual Aid System, administered by the Governor's Office of Emergency Services. The system is designed to ensure that additional resources are provided to local jurisdictions whenever their own resources are committed or insufficient for a specific emergency incident.

The City of Los Angeles remains fully protected by the use of additional staff and reserve apparatus to cover foreseeable local needs, and we remind Los Angeles residents that these resources can be recalled to our City as necessary.

The men and women of the LAFD ask motorists to remain watchful for these and other convoys of emergency apparatus, and to be mindful of the space necessary for them to safely maneuver on local roads and highways.

Pursuant of protocol, all public and media information regarding this incident, including the actions of assigned LAFD personnel, will be provided by the Ventura County Fire Department, which maintains daily jurisdictional authority of the area where the fire is burning.

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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

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