Yuma fire helps take out “Rabbit Fire” in California
YUMA — On Saturday, July 15, 2023, at about 1:45 pm, the Yuma Fire Department received a mutual aid request from California authorities regarding a Strike Team deployment to the “Rabbit Fire” burning in Riverside County. By 2:45 pm an Engine and 4 YFD personnel left Yuma to meet in Imperial County, CA with other members of the Imperial Valley Strike Team.
A Strike Team consists of several firefighting apparatus with personnel and a team leader drawn from various departments. A team will normally stay together through their deployment. Due to the equipment and training of our personnel, they are usually assigned to structure protection duties in neighborhoods. Although deployed personnel are prepared to be gone for up to 2 weeks, we hope that they will not be needed for that long.
Additional information will be provided as it becomes available. The last time YFD personnel were deployed with a strike team or task force was in September of 2022 to the “Fairview Fire” near Hemet, CA, in Riverside County.