CCFD, SMCS Continue Offering Mutual Aid Assistance
Napa County and other agencies in northern California have requested mutual aid assistance in all facets of emergency services since the Tubbs Fire began on October 8, 2017. Both the Central County Fire Department (CCFD) and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office (SMCS) have deployed personnel and support throughout the week to answer this request.
Along with its nine personnel and two fire engines deployed on Tuesday, October 10th, CCFD has sent an additional engine and three more firefighters as of Friday, October 13th. Per the Police Chiefs and Sheriff Association’s mutual aid agreement, SMCS has been sending numerous troops to fulfill its obligation, with the Millbrae Police Bureau sending one deputy sheriff per unit.
Based on the severity of the fires and continued evacuations, as well as search and rescue efforts, it is anticipated that the deployment activation period will continue until next week. However, though the devastation has impacted many, the teams remain in good spirits and are determined to help as much as they can.
CCFD and SMCS staff have been operating at full capacity to offer support both at home in the Peninsula and outside of San Mateo County. CCFD has asked that current collections of donations be paused, as they have gotten word of being inundated. The teams are coming up with a plan that would be best for the victims in the long term.