CARSON CITY, Nev.–As wildfires continue to rage throughout California, Governor Jim Gibbons announced today that additional fire suppression resources from Nevada are in route to provide much needed assistance.
The Nevada Division of Forestry (NDF) is helping to coordinate six Strike Teams, consisting of 35 engines and 127 fire personnel from multiple state and local fire-fighting agencies. These teams are comprised of highly skilled fire crews who specialize in both structural and wildland fires. Governor Gibbons also authorized two Nevada National Guard C-130s and two helicopters along with an NDF helicopter manager, to deploy to the California fires.
In July 2007 Governor Gibbons and Governor Schwarzenegger signed a Supplemental Interstate Compact for Emergency Mutual Assistance, providing the framework for sharing state resources during emergency situations- opening the door for fire resources to move quickly in times of need.
“We are seeing the devastating effects of drought this year, during which nearly one million acres burned in Nevada and other western states and left millions more across the west at extreme risk for wildfire. We relied upon resources from our neighboring states to assist in our fire suppression efforts, and Nevada is proud to be able to provide timely assistance now to fire crews in California,” said Governor Jim Gibbons.
Governor Gibbons has also offered to send a Disaster Medical Facility to Southern California to ensure that all necessary medical services are available to those in need. The Disaster Medical Facility, modeled on the rapidly deployable field hospitals currently used by the U.S. Military, is designed to become fully operational within 24 hours. This portable hospital is capable of providing up to 50 additional hospital beds and around-the-clock specialized medical support.
“Natural disasters can strike anywhere at any time. As a state, we pride ourselves on our readiness capabilities, which are being utilized today to help our neighbors in California,” Governor Gibbons added.