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SACRAMENTO NWR: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fire Improvises with "Mutual Staffing" Collaborative Fire Station Approach 

Region 8, September 28, 2010
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service fire crew members Tony Arendt, Jeremy McMahon, and Jeff Noble located in front of partner fire station.  (USFWS Photo) 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service fire crew members Tony Arendt, Jeremy McMahon, and Jeff Noble located in front of partner fire station.  (USFWS Photo)  - Photo Credit: n/a
Old photo of the current fire station located at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex. (USFWS Photo) 
Old photo of the current fire station located at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex. (USFWS Photo)  - Photo Credit: n/a
U.S.Fish and Wildlife Service crew and Fire Engine 8430 shown in front of Station 17-Vina, Tehama County Fire, one of the Service's new partner fire stations.  (USFWS Photo) 
U.S.Fish and Wildlife Service crew and Fire Engine 8430 shown in front of Station 17-Vina, Tehama County Fire, one of the Service's new partner fire stations.  (USFWS Photo)  - Photo Credit: n/a

By Miriam Morril, Sacramento NWR
The North Central Valley Fire Management Zone has grown in responsibility and staff but is still improvising fire station options.  The program has fire management responsibility for refuge lands stretching across much of northern California, but there's only one fire station located at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex Headquarters in Willows, California.  This location has a limited response time of an hour or more to various refuge properties in the zone.  Through a new partnership with CAL Fire and Tehama County, they have improvised and adapted to the situation.

The partners within the zone have recently entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Tehama County Fire Department to mutually staff a fire station in Vina, California, located near Red Bluff which is just north of the refuge complex. 

Establishing this agreement has broadened the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s fire protection capabilities and helps protect habitat by providing vital support and information to partners responding to wildfires on refuge lands. 

The partners agreed to a trial period of August through October, 2010, and will evaluate the effectiveness of this mutual staffing opportunity and future collaborations. 

The fire management zone’s Engine 8430 continues to assist the Tehama Glenn Unit of CAL FIRE respond to wildfires that occur within the local response area, which includes refuge lands. 

While stationed in the area, the engine crew has assisted with ongoing fuel reduction projects on refuge lands and is enhancing local awareness about the Service’s role in fire management.     

Contact Info: Miriam Morrill, 530-934-2801, Miriam_Morrill@fws.gov