Central Oregon Strike Team Heads South to Aid in California Wildfires

A strike team from Central Oregon is heading to Southern California, where local firefighters will help in the efforts to battle wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres, and are threatening thousands of homes.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan caught up with some of the Bend firefighters before they left on a mission that will keep them from being home for the holidays.

School Recognized for Participation in Public Safety Campaign

The Bend Fire Department is on a mission to educate local students about the dangers of fire, and how to get out safely when one starts in their home. That’s why the department created the Firebusters Public Safety Campaign, and today, one local school was recognized for their participation in the effort.

Central Oregon Daily’s Austin Reed was there when the kids got some special visitors on campus.

Bend Firefighters Return from Wildfires in the California Wine Country

The estimates on the numbers of homes and buildings destroyed in the Wine Country wildfires has now topped 8,400, and with 42 people killed, the fires are also the deadliest in California history. Strike teams from Central Oregon traveled to places like Santa Rosa and Napa to battle those fires two weeks ago, but tonight, they are back home.

Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker spent time with two of the Bend firefighters who became eyewitnesses to the devastation.

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.