Nampa Fire Department members who deployed were Captain Brent Bailey, Senior Firefighter Paramedic/Engineer Josh Lewis and Senior Firefighter/Engineer Jake Fuhriman.
Regarding the experience, Nampa Fire Captain Bailey said, “Our primarily objective was to maintain the fire line, patrolling and putting out hotspots to ensure the fires did not flare up again. Our assistance freed up depleted Cal-Fire resources needed to perform initial attacks on new and growing fires. The wildfires we experienced turned everything it touched to a barren wasteland of grey ash as far as the eye could see. The outpouring of support and thankfulness from the local community, even by homeowners who had just lost their home, was truly humbling.” The SCU Lighting Complex Fire has been active for 33 days and has burned nearly 400,000 acres and is 98% contained.
As the crew returned safely home September 12, Nampa received an urgent request from the State of Oregon to assist on another wildfire. Thank you to the Nampa Fleet Division for servicing and repairing the type 6 brush engine within 24 hours of their return and in time for additional Nampa crew members to join others from Weiser Rural and Sand Hollow to form a new task force sent to Oregon.
Captain Joey Sanchez, Senior Firefighter/Engineer Tony Chaloupka, Senior Firefighter/Paramedic Aaron Powers, Senior Firefighter Don Matchette and Firefighter Paramedic Chris Rodes left September 14 on orders for a 14-day deployment. Also serving is Tim Atwood who retired from the Nampa Fire Department and is currently serving as the Weiser Rural Fire Chief, and former NFD Firefighter Jim Burdick. The original assignment was to be located near Springfield, Oregon, but have been diverted to Paisley, Oregon (Brattain Fire), then to the Holiday Farm Fire for a few days and are now at the Oregon/California border assigned to the Slater/Devil Fires. For more information on the current status of the Slater/Devil fire, visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/map/7173/0/.
Nampa Fire Chief Kirk Carpenter shared, “With the support of our community and city leadership, the Nampa Fire Department responded to the call for assistance to those experiencing active wildfires in both California and Oregon. We are thankful we have the ability to assist our neighboring firefighters and communities in need and greatly appreciate the sacrifices made by our members who left families and schedules behind to respond to the tragic events.”
All expenses incurred due to the emergency deployment are reimbursed to the City of Nampa through the Idaho Department of Lands.
(Above: image taken by NFD in Livermore, CA)