When major incidents such as the wildfires experienced throughout San Diego County in 2007 and 2014 occur, resources from outside of the county are requested to assist with our firefighting efforts. Likewise, when similar incidents occur outside of our community, Rancho Santa Fe and other local fire agencies may be called upon to provide assistance. These resources come in the form of a strike team or task force.
A strike team consists of five of the same type of engine, either Type 1 fire engines to provide structure protection or Type 3 brush engines to assist with fire suppression in rugged terrain. In both cases, each engine comes from a different agency to minimize strain on resources. When an agency sends an engine out, they put a reserve engine in service in its place and call in personnel to staff it. Strike teams can be gone for up to two weeks. At that point all vehicles return home or the personnel are swapped out with a new crew if needed.
In addition, some individual units can be assigned to assist with large incidents. These include battalion chiefs, water tenders, line medics, etc.
Current RSF units deployed:
August 13, 2018 - WT264 has returned home safe and sound.
August 10, 2018 - The first OES336 crew is now home and the second crew has started working at the Mendocino Complex. The personnel on WT264 are planned for release from the Ferguson Fire tomorrow. The EMPF is still working at the Mendocino Fire as are the strike team leader and field observer at the Carr Fire.
August 7, 2018 - Last night, two personnel we sent to the Carr Fire, one as a strike team leader and one as a field observer. Tomorrow, a new crew will leave for the Mendocino Complex to relieve the crew on OES336, which has been out since they first deployed to the Cranston Fire on July 25. The EMPF assigned to that incident has extended through next week.
August 2, 2018 - The EMPF that was on the Cranston Fire has been reassigned to the Mendocino Complex.
August 1, 2018 - Two updates for today:
- BR261 has been released and is back in quarters at Station 1.
- OES336 has been released from the Rock Fire and assigned to the River Fire, which is part of the Mendocino Complex.
July 30, 2018 - It's been a busy week for wildland fires. Here's a quick rundown of where we've sent resources:
- The EMTF on the Ferguson Fire will be extended to August 6th
- WT264 is still assigned on the Ferguson Fire and will be exchanging crews today.
- An EMPF is still on the Cranston Fire.
- BR261 with three personnel was assigned to the Pasqual Fire on Friday. They were released on Sunday but remain as a pre-staged strike team.
- WT266 with two personnel were also working on the Pasqual Fire. They were released on Sunday at WT266 is back at Station 6.
- The OES engine was released for the Cranston Fire and assigned to the Rock Fire.
July 25, 2018 - OES 336 is now on its way to the Cranston Fire east of Hemet. Our water tender and line medic remain assigned to the Ferguson Fire.
July 23, 2018 - Our OES engine has returned safely from the Skyline fire.
July 20, 2018 - Our OES engine with four personnel along with a battalion chief have been sent to the Skyline Fire as part of a strike team. Our water tender and line medic remain assigned to the Ferguson Fire.
July 16. 2018 - We have sent a water tender with 2 personnel and a line medic to the the Ferguson Fire near Yosemite.