Private fire crews are helping with Calif. wildfire prevention

Firestorm Wildland Fire Suppression, Inc., firefighters are helping to clear brushes, conduct controlled burns and fight wildland fires


By FireRescue1 Staff

ORINDA, Calif. — Private company fire crews are working with California agencies to mitigate potential wildfires as much as possible.

CAL FIRE, Lawrence Berkeley Lab, Contra Costa Fire and Orinda-Moraga Fire are just a few of the agencies working with Firestorm Wildland Fire Suppression, Inc., to mitigate wildfires, Fox KTVU reported.

The 300-employee company is helping to clear brush, oversee controlled burns and fight wildland fires. Thirty-two firefighters working at Firestorm worked the Camp Fire and lost their homes in the fire.

"We travel and do a lot of emergency response on wildland fires for the Federal agencies, and we're used to working with a lot of different people. We use the incident command system. A lot of the individuals that do what we do, they're, I want to say, more Type A personalities that enjoy the rush of running a chain saw. They like the hard work,” Jess Wills, president of Firestorm Wildland Fire Suppression, Inc., said.

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