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.
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.
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.
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.
Instead of preventing a fire, Bend firefighters started one on purpose on Tuesday to show how fast the flames can sweep through a house with today’s modern furnishing.
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.
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.
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.