Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced August 13 the state of California will provide protective firefighting supplies to Russia as unprecedented wildfires continue to burn in that country.
“California has one of the best prepared and most experienced firefighting operations in the world. It is important we share our resources with other nations – the same way they have shared with California in the past,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “I have seen firsthand how dangerous wildfires are and our supplies will keep Russian firefighters safe as they continue to put their lives in harm’s way.”
The California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) coordinated delivery of 2,040 items of personal protective Nomex (fire resistant) clothing including pants, jackets and shrouds provided by the Prison Industry Authority of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. These supplies were collected from Chino, San Luis Obispo and Ione and delivered yesterday to a federal shipping facility in French Camp, California.
California’s supplies are accompanying other resources already in the process of being shipped from the Sharpe Army Depot in French Camp. These supplies are one of several being coordinated by the U.S. Agency for International Development.
For more information, visit the Prison Industry Authority homepage at https://pia.ca.gov/