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Galveston, TX – August 3, 2018 – Five Galveston firefighters and one Galveston Fire truck will be part of a 90-person team headed to help fight the deadly wildfires in northern California this weekend. At the request of the State of California, the State of Texas will be sending 25 firetrucks and 90 firefighters as part of our Texas Interstate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS).
Galveston firefighters, Bryan Lee, Chris Anderson, John Shauck, Jeremy Dixon and Brad Magness will work in northern California for at least 14 days. They will have assigned duties by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire). Galveston Fire Chief, Mike Wisko, is one of the three Texas Fire Chiefs assigned to lead and manage this response. The State of California has already accepted the estimated cost and all expenses will be reimbursed at 100%.
The Galveston Fire Department is proud to be part of this mission. “I think we have been the recipient many times before,” City Manager, Brian Maxwell said. “During Hurricane Ike and Hurricane Harvey, firefighters from California came here and helped us, so this is just our way to pay them back.”
At least 16 wildfires are raging across northern California, destroying more than 200,000 acres of land and at least 1,000 structures. According to state records, five of the 10 most destructive wildfires in California history have occurred in the last five years, including the Carr fire, near Redding, California, the state’s biggest wildfire.
This is only the beginning for California’s fire season, and the Galveston Fire Department is committed to serving our friends in California and fulfill their mission.