There’ll be fun, food and fire-prevention information at a Cambria Fire Department open house from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at the fire station, 2850 Burton Drive.
The free event for the public will include free hot dogs and burgers; answers to questions; and opportunities for youngsters to meet firefighters, climb on a fire engine and try on firefighter “turnouts.” The event will bring to a close a busy Wildfire Awareness Week in Cambria.
State, local and federal fire and emergency officials, including Cal Fire State Director Ken Pimlott, were to have converged Wednesday on the small coastal town with a drought-ravaged, aging forest filled with dead and dying trees.
Pimlott was to lead a wildfire-preparedness news conference to explain how Cal Fire and emergency responders are preparing for fire season … and how the public can and should get ready, just in case.
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Firefighters expect the 2015 fire season could be busier than ever, with potentially tragic results, largely because of the statewide drought, now in its fourth year.
In fact, in a notice about the governor’s May 5 Wildfire Awareness Week proclamation, his staff noted that “California now faces the threat of wildfire nearly year-round due to drought conditions.” Cal Fire “has already responded to a 75 percent increase in wildfires this year.”
The Cal Fire news conference was to have followed a meeting in Cambria of fire chiefs from all over the county, according to Cambria Fire Chief Mark Miller.
At the May 9 open house, other emergency agencies will join Cambria Fire crews to help spread the word about the potential severity of this fire season and how North Coast residents should prepare now.
Miller said May 4 that among open-house participants will be representatives from Cal Fire, state Office of Emergency Services,
Cambria Community Healthcare District and Community Emergency Rescue Team.
He said people will be able to meet the crews, tour the station, sign up for the free chipping weekend. Friday, May 15, is the first of two or three such chipping events. For further details, call 927-6240.
Attendees also are encouraged to ask all kinds of questions about creating defensible space around homes, the fire-preparedness inspections currently being done jointly by Cal Fire and Cambria Fire and other issues.
Miller said he expects there’ll be a lot of emergency equipment on hand for people to see and inspect.
Miller and the firefighters association are providing the barbecue.
Another event focusing on North Coast emergency preparedness will be offered May 30 by the Cambria Community Healthcare District and other agencies, according to district administrator Robert Sayers and paramedic Jason Melendy.
A variety of emergency equipment, demonstrations and informational booths will be there including “Jaws of Life” demonstrations; hands-only CPR instruction; and tours of ambulance, fire engine and law enforcement and the ambulance station itself.
Fun and games also are planned, including a bounce house; face painting; and a burger and hot dog barbecue.
The Emergency Medical Services Appreciation event is set for 1 to 4 p.m. at the ambulance station/Community Health Center parking lot.
For details, call 927-8304.
For more information on steps to protect lives, homes, property and families in the event of a wildfire, visit: