Keeping Prepared

The Encinitas Fire Department recently continued its mission of spreading community awareness and preparedness by hosting workshops in honor of National Preparedness Month in September and Fire Prevention Week in early October. The Fire Department, celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, worked hand-in-hand with the Encinitas Community Emergency Response Team on a workshop that focused specifically on families building a disaster kit and plan in case of emergency.

Typically the Fire Prevention Bureau, a division within the Fire Department, holds two defensible space workshops each year in the summer and fall that provide information on making homes easily accessible to firefighters and having a wildfire-resistant property. “When disaster strikes, so much is out of our control. Therefore it is important that residents take the time now to prepare while they are still in control,” explained Fire Department Program Assistant Ashlee Stratakis. While there are no more workshops planned for the rest of the year, residents can find safety information on the Fire Department’s website and social media, and the Fire Prevention Bureau is open to holding workshops per request.

Additionally the Fire Department was recently awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Grant of $50,013 by the Department of Homeland Security to purchase a new self-containing breathing apparatus air compressor system. Residing at Station 5, the air compressor system refills the cylinder bottles that provide air to firefighters when they battle fires. By making sure firefighters are well protected, this grant will allow the Fire Department to provide aid to Encinitas and surrounding communities without hindrance. For more information on the Encinitas Fire Department and valuable safety tips visit www.encinitasca.gov/emergencyprep.