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Snohomish County fire crews to fight California wildfires

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South Snohomish County Fire & Rescue crew heads to California on Friday morning. Image courtesy of South Snohomish County Fire & Rescue.
South Snohomish County Fire & Rescue crew heads to California on Friday morning. Image courtesy of South Snohomish County Fire & Rescue.

By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.

A Snohomish County Strike Team comprised of fire engine companies from Snohomish County Fire & Rescue, Fire District 7, Everett, Arlington, and Fire District 22 are heading down to California to help fight the devastating wildfires.

South Snohomish County Fire & Rescue Public Information Officer Leslie Hynes said, “All fire resources in California are already committed to fires. Washington is sending 45 fire engines and crews to assist under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, a mutual aid agreement between states that allows for sharing for resources during natural and man-made disasters.”

Hynes went on to say, “A fire engine and crew of four firefighters from South Snohomish County Fire & Rescue left early Friday morning, October 13, 2017, for an 18-day deployment to assist with the California wildland fires.

Capt. Micah Gaston and Firefighters Keith Bien, Danielle DeVos, and Paul Stead are expected to arrive in Napa Valley by midnight on Friday.”

Fire District 7 Public Information Officer Heather Chadwick added, “We have an engine staffed with four firefighters heading down as part of the Snohomish County Strike Team.”

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