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Rio Hondo College Wildland Fire Academy Crew Deploy to the Colby Fire

Ruthie Retana

On January 18, 2014 at 8:30 a.m., the members of the Rio Hondo College Wildland Fire Academy Crew, formally known as the “Roadrunners” deployed to the Colby Fire in the foothills above Glendora, CA.  This TYPE II hand crew is part of the response element from the US Forest Service, Angeles National Forest. The firefighters responding are from Rio Hondo College’s Wildland Fire Academy crew that graduated in May 2013. Some of the crew members have already seen action last year as they responded to the Carpenter 1 Fire outside of Las Vegas, NV, and others were deployed to the RIM Fire in Yosemite, also in 2013.
“It is with great honor and service that our trained Wildland Fire Academy graduates of Rio Hondo College deployed this morning to help serve our communities in immediate need,” said Superintendent/President Teresa Dreyfuss.  “Our College is proud of their skills, courage and bravery.”
These firefighters directly deployed to the Colby Fire this morning, could also be dispatched to any other fires that may break during this time of intense heat and fuel content dryness. The crew is positioned to be deployed for up to 14 days.

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