California OES and military partner to create an engine strike team

Cal OES and California Military Department Type 6 engines
Cal OES and California Military Department’s Type 6 engines. CAL OES photo.

This week the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the California Military Department announced the creation of the first all-hazards fire engine strike team operated by a state military department.

Cal OES is deploying a Type 6 strike team of wildland-style fire engines, named Team Blaze, to the State Military Department to enhance California’s Fire and Rescue Mutual Aid fleet.

These four-person engines complement the Military Department’s existing Task Force Rattlesnake hand crew program consisting of Soldiers and Airmen. Since the start of operations in 2019, Task Force Rattlesnake has cut, cleared and treated at-risk wildfire project areas in central and northern of California.

The State’s Military Department maintains a firefighting program at their military bases, with trained personnel providing firefighting prevention, mitigation and protection services to California and military bases and camps.

“We are proud to collaborate with Cal OES to ensure there’s another fleet of fire engines and expert staff at the ready,” said California Military Department Major General Matthew P. Beevers. “This Strike Team builds upon the state’s response efforts during times of need.”

Cal OES and California Military Department Type 6 engines
Cal OES and California Military Department Type 6 engine. CAL OES photo.

These engines add to the existing California Fire and Rescue Mutual Aid System fleet of more than 270 engines across 60 local partners statewide that can respond to incidents of all types.

Cal OES facilitates the California Fire and Rescue Mutual Aid System, which moves local government resources across the state in support of all-risk emergency response on behalf of local, state, and federal government fire organizations. Cal OES assigns local government fire agencies with fire apparatus to maintain surge capacity during day-to-day duties and major events/emergencies.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

4 thoughts on “California OES and military partner to create an engine strike team”

  1. I’m guessing a 250/300 gallon tank on these engines. I would have gone for a type 3. Higher ground clearance, more water, bigger pump, etc., Going to be interesting to see how they work out. Wouldn’t surprise me if we don’t see one high centered on a big ole rock.

  2. Welp…just like those ol 1990s BLM fire stations…..Type 3s with a chase pickup…apparently not enough contact with old peeps and prior practices….but its a start….and maybe even folks that know the difference between Type 3s and 6s in the EM world


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