At approximately, 0830 hrs, May 7, 2009, the Eureka Fire Department received notice via the Cal-Fire Humboldt-Del Norte Emergency Command Center of the activation of the Eureka Fire’s “Office of Emergency Services” Fire Engine.
The engine and four (4) crew members are being activated and directed to respond as part of a northern California Strike Team (five engines and one Strike Team Leader) to assist the State with its efforts to control the Santa Barbara County fire.
For well over three decades, the Eureka Fire Department has been a participant in the OES Fire Engine Program and a participant in the State of California Master Mutual-Aid System. These two nationally recognized systems provide the timely and organized response of specialized fire resources to those jurisdictions needing immediate assistance. With Humboldt itself being disaster prone, the City of Eureka has elected to participate in these two programs knowing that the odds of it’s City and region needing such assistance is a likely one.
During the 2008 fire season alone, EFD’s OES engine spent approximately 49 days on assignments assisting in fire suppression and property protection in Butte County and Southern California regions.
It is important to note, especially in these tight fiscal times, that the City of Eureka is fully reimbursed for all costs associated with responses.
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Eureka Fire Department Mission Statement
To serve and protect our community through prevention, education, preparation, and response.
To respond effectively with professionalism, courtesy, and pride whenever our services are requested.