Porter Fire Department MONTGOMERY COUNTY ESD #6 23550 Loop 494

PORTER, TEXAS 77365

PHONE: 281-354-6666 / FAX: 281-354-2043

www.porterfire.com

As part of the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System, and having been a recipient of a truck provided through a grant from the state, MCESD#6/Porter Fire Department has agreed to fulfill a request, made by the state, to provide apparatus and manpower to assist with the California wildfires.

At this time, it is my understanding that apparatus will be shipped via flatbed trailer to California, where crews will fly in and catch up with their apparatus at a later date.

At this time apparatus have been sent to Webster Fire Department to meet with their transport unit. Each apparatus has been packed up and is expected to be self-sufficient for a period of no less than 3 days. Upon arrival of their crews they will be ready for a varying level of assignments, from structure protection to offensive firefighting.

This will mark the first time ESD#6 has been called upon to send crews out of state, and we are very excited to get an opportunity to help our neighbors on the West Coast.

According to the last bit of information I received, ESD #6, along with several other area departments, will make up 5 strike teams responding to the area to assist.

Media Contact:

Stephen Sever, Battalion Chief ssever@porterfire.com

281-354-6666