Bend Firefighters Battling Wildfires in Wine Country

City of Bend firefighters are back on the front line of the wildfires burning in California’s wine country.

A Bend Fire and Rescue engine and crew of 6 joined ten other Strike Teams from Oregon to head to California on Wednesday morning and worked a 24-hour shift before taking a day off, and they are back at it today. Here is one of the latest photos of their efforts, courtesy of the Bend Fire Department.

Bend Firefighters Deployed to California for First Time Ever

For the first time in the department’s history, Bend Firefighters Local 227 engine and crew have been deployed to Northern California to help battle a massive wildfire that’s destroyed more than 200,000 homes and buildings and claimed dozens of lives.

Central Oregon Daily’s Austin Reed caught up with Battalion Chief Dave Howe of the Bend Fire Department to discuss how the team plans to help battle the blaze.

Central Oregon Agencies Form Information Network

With more than 100,000 people expected to descend on Central Oregon for the total solar eclipse this August, emergency service officials knew they needed to coordinate their efforts in the event of a wildfire or any other disaster. Fortunately, they had already been working on a plan since the last major wildfire that threatened in Bend three years ago, and now, they are ready to unveil Central Oregon Emergency Information Network.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has the story.

Train Derailment Training in Bend

It’s the kind of disaster that no one thinks will happen in their city, but first responders have to be ready. When an oil train derailed in the small town of Mosier, Oregon last year, it was a wake-up call to communities across Oregon, where crude oil is shipped, including Bend.

As Curtis Vogel reports, members of Shell oil company and Burlington Norther Santa Fe Railway were in Bend this week to train Bend Fire and Rescue firefighters on how to deal with the worst-case scenario.

Bend Fire and Rescue Gains Several New Ambulances

An ambulance is more than just a means of transportation. Sometimes what happens during the drive from a home or business to a hospital can mean the difference between life and death. Bend Fire and Rescue just added six new ambulances to its fleet.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan looks at some of the new safety features.

Bend Fire Department Donates Winter Clothing

One of the newest firefighters on the Bend Fire & Rescue team told the department he wanted to start a coat drive last month, and Friday, firefighters delivered more than 500 pounds of winter clothing to needy families across Central Oregon.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan went along for their ride to deliver some of those goods to Bethlehem Inn this morning.