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News | June 22, 2020

DLA Distribution San Joaquin firefighters assist in mutual aid to the city of Tracy

By Annette Silva, DLA Distribution San Joaquin Public Affairs

Firefighters understand that high winds with extreme heat is a disaster waiting to happen. This proved true for the Defense Logistics Agency Installation Management San Joaquin Fire Department located in Tracy, California June 5.

DLA San Joaquin firefighters were dispatched for mutual aid by South County Dispatch during the high winds that pommeled the city. According to Capt. Joseph D. LaParl, the crew’s first stop was to assist a with a vehicle fire with multiple vehicles involved.

During the crew’s response, they were diverted to another incident involving a grass fire off Interstate 580. Upon arrival, Engine 262 helped with mitigation efforts and were then released to respond to another grass fire located at Clover Road and the Interstate 205 junction.

E-262 engaged the grass fire and helped mitigate the fire by stopping forward progress. The crew remained on scene to help with mop up efforts and performed water shuttle operations with other units on scene.

Upon completion, Tracy Battalion Chief-9 released E-262 and within minutes the crew were dispatched to another reported grass fire located on Interstate 5 and Paradise Cut where they were assigned to a water shuttle operation. The DLA team was released shortly after by Chief-31 of Lathrop Manteca Fire and returned to the installation after a span of three hours.

“On this day there were several incidents taking place and our efforts helped with the containment of all incidents,” said LaParl. “The fires were a threat to the community of Tracy and DLA Firefighters played a key part in isolating all threats to property and life safety.”