1.16.14 VCFD & CVCFSC Open House
Saturday, January 18, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m
Ventura County Fire Department Station 33
33 Lake Sherwood Drive, Thousand Oaks
11.19.13 SAVE THESE DATES: Sat., Feb. 8 and Sun., Feb. 9
2014 FIRE SAFETY AWARENESS CLASSES FOR HIRED EQUIPMENT VENDORS
- State certified
- Meets yearly safety training requirements for Cal Fire and US Forest Service
Instructor: Tim Harness
- February 8, 2014 with additional class on February 9, 2014
- Class size limited to 40
- Pre-registration recommended
- Check-in 7:30am
- Class will run from 8:00am to 4:30pm with a 30 minute lunch break
Ventura County Fire Department Regional Training Center
102 Durley Ave, Camarillo, CA 93010
Hired vendors working with Cal Fire or USFS on any active wildland fire; including water tender operators, heavy equipment with water operations (Skidgine), dozer operators, crew bus drivers, vehicle drivers, mechanics, fallers, swampers, and chain saw operators.
This course provides an awareness of fireline safety to hired vendors who plan to engage in wildland fire suppression and other incident support activities. Topics include current safety training, relevant policy and procedures, how to recognize and mitigate risk and maintain safe and effective practices while working under agency supervision on an incident. Upon successful completion of training, participants will receive a course completion card valid for one (1) year from date of issue.
For More Information:
Please contact Mike Burns at (805)672-0421 or email Mike@BurnsEquipmentServices.com
Special thanks to the Wood-Claeyssens Foundation for their support!
10.09.13 Fire Safety Tips
Here in Ventura County and all over Southern California 2013 has been one of the driest years on record. The 2012-13 rainy season brought only one third of the normal average rainfall and conditions are drier than they have been in several years. With the onset of the Santa Ana season, east winds are starting to blow. High winds and tinder dry vegetation combined with just one spark can ignite and flare up in a few seconds.
Here are a few tips to think about when using machinery and equipment outside:
- Whenever possible, avoid operating machinery and equipment around dry vegetation during high wind events as sparks can fly!
- When clearing brush or vegetation, use the right equipment. For example use string vegetation trimmers to cut tall dry grass. Remove rocks from dry grass or weeds. Metal mower blades hitting a rock can start wildfires!
- Ensure chainsaws and other equipment have approved spark arrestors and if you are cutting, welding or grinding, do so in a paved enclosed area.
- Make sure you have water or a fire extinguisher available at all times.
- When you are on the road, make sure your vehicle brakes are well maintained. Never let your brake pads wear too thin. Metal on metal makes sparks.
- Never substitute parts when towing. Dragging chains will throw sparks. Only use appropriate safety pins and hitch ball.
- Watch where you park as vehicles parked too closely to dry vegetation can start fires.
- Carry a fire extinguisher in your vehicle and know how to use it!
For local weather conditions and forecasts, check the NWS website at www.weather.gov/losangeles. In the event of a fire in your area, check the Fireline website at http://fireline.ventura.org.
STAY ALERT AND REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITIES!
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Beginning in June, agricultural and nursery employers will be able to request Ag Passes for their employees by using one or more of the following options:
1. At the Farm Bureau office on McGrath in Ventura on the 4th Wednesday of the month between 8:30 and Noon (starting June 26)
2. At the RCD office on Lewis Road in Somis on the 2nd Wednesday of the month between 8:30 and Noon (starting July 10)
3. Online, by downloading the request form and completing it. Return via email with a photograph in .jpg format to email@example.com. We will mail the cards to the employer within one week of receipt of the completed request and photo.
4. Schedule an onsite session at their workplace by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for instant issue of the cards.
Weed Abatement Awareness:
This past winter was very dry here in Ventura County, with record low rainfall. You should have received your weed abatement notices by now and June 1 is the deadline to complete your clearance, although this should become a year-round effort. As you work on your clearance projects, think about this: Fire needs fuel to burn. Reducing the amount of fuel around your home and outbuildings will slow a fire's progress. Dispose of branches, brush and grasses in accordance with local regulations. "Ladder fuels" (the shrubs, vines and other flammable vegetation and debris that accumulate under the canopy of large trees) are one of the more significant ways wildfires gain strength and power. While you are required to clear 100 feet around your home, the most critical area remains the first 30 feet from the building. Consider fire resistant plants when doing your landscaping. For more information and tips, go to the Ventura County Fire Department's website or www.firewise.org.