FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE RELEASE DATE: April 26, 2018
Media Contact: Fire Marshal, Denise Enea
Woodside Fire Protection District
808 Portola Rd. Portola Valley, CA 94028
Phone Number: (650) 851-1594
WOODSIDE FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT TO HOST COUNTY WIDE WILDLAND FIRE DRILL IN WOODSIDE MAY 16th, 2018
(Woodside, CA) – Fire Departments from all over San Mateo County will be converging on Woodside May 16th to conduct a day long training drill on wildland firefighting.
The Woodside Fire Protection District (WFPD) hosted the same type of drill last year and crews from many outside agencies gained valuable hands on training. This year Huddart Park, Runnymede Farm and the Mounted Patrol Grounds on Kings Mt. Rd. are the sites selected for crews to hone their wildland firefighting skills.
“This drill provides ideal training and familiarization for firefighters from different cities who are not accustomed to our problematic narrow streets, hillside neighborhoods and abundance of fire-prone vegetation,” said Fire Chief, Dan Ghiorso.
Fire crews will simulate an aggressive wildfire in Woodside. They will stage near Lawler Ranch Rd. and proceed to various locations in Woodside. SMC ALERT will be utilized to notify Woodside residents on the day of the drill. This year a training module on large animal familiarization and evacuation, hosted at the Mounted Patrol Grounds, will also be incorporated into the drill. No live fire will be utilized in the drill but residents should anticipate an abundance of fire engines in the area. The SMC Sheriff’s Office, CERPP, Cal Fire, and other San Mateo County Fire agencies will all be in attendance.
WFPD prides itself in proactive operational and emergency preparedness, CERPP training for its firefighters and residents. “Wildfire is a constant and looming threat in California with larger and more intense fires erupting closer to San Mateo County each year. “Late spring rains have assisted the growth of annual grasses and vegetation in our area which will intensify the risk to our community. Fire Season is now determined to be all year instead of the traditional summer months” warns Fire Marshal, Denise Enea. “The Woodside Fire Protection District is primed for a wildland fire with its steep, brush filled hillsides dotted with many homes constructed with wood siding; wood decking and aging wood shake roofs.”
We can reduce the potential loss of life, property and to the environment by preparing for a catastrophic event before it happens. Help defend your property from wildfire by building with ignition resistant materials, reducing hazardous fuel and mowing annual grasses around your home.