Cal OES Prepositions Swift Water, Firefighting Personnel Across State


After a series of winter storms brought heavy rain and snowfall, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is continuing to preposition swift water rescue resources and firefighting personnel statewide in preparation for potential major flooding and debris flow.

The prepositioned resources include:

Prepositioned at Lathrop/Manteca Fire Department: OES:  Lathrop/Manteca Fire Department Swift Water Rescue Team 13

Prepositioned at Ukiah Fire Department: OES:  Fresno City Fire Department Swift Water Rescue TF 19

Prepositioned at Sacramento Fire Department: OES:  Sacramento Fire Department Swift Water Rescue TF 7

Prepositioned at Merced County:OES:  San Diego Fire Department Swift Water Rescue TF 8

Prepositioned at Merced County:OES:  Bakersfield Fire Department Swift Water Rescue TF 11

Monterey County – XMY: 1 Local Government Engine Task Force: 1 Type 1 Engine, 3 Type 3 Engines,  2 Local Government Type 6 Engines, 8 Local Government IMT Overhead

Calaveras County – XCA  (Butte/Electra Fire Scars): 5 Local Government Engines Type 3, 2 Local Government Engines Type 6, 1 Local Government Swift Water Rescue Team, 4 Local Government IMT Overhead

The public is urged to be on the lookout for potential flooding and mudslides in areas recently burned by wildfires. A debris flow can take homes off their foundations and carry items such as vegetation, large boulders, and cars. If you live near or downslope of burn areas, you should have a plan to quickly evacuate your community if flash flooding or a mudslide were to happen. Learn more about being flood aware here.

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