Firefighters from Correctional Training Facility, Salinas Valley State Prison help battle blaze

The firefighting crew from the Correctional Training Facility and Salinas Valley State Prison helped extinguish a multiple-structure fire on Oct. 5 in Monterey County. (Photo Courtesy Deborah Mills, Soledad Bee)

The firefighting crew from the Correctional Training Facility and Salinas Valley State Prison helped extinguish a multiple-structure fire on Oct. 5 in Monterey County. (Photo Courtesy Deborah Mills, Soledad Bee)

By Lt. Roland Ramon, AA/PIO
Correctional Training Facility

While many were asleep in their beds, the firefighters from the Correctional Training Facility (CTF) and Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) were hard at work battling a blaze in King City.

In the early morning hours of Oct. 5, the fire crew was dispatched to a multiple alarm structure fire in Monterey County. The report indicated there were multiple structures burning, ranging from mobile homes to an automobile dealership.

CTF/SVSP Engine No. 8211 responded with a crew of five – three inmate firefighters and two California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Fire Captains Paul Rivera and Lloyd Jones.

Arriving within the city, a heavy fire plume could be seen from the freeway. Once on the scene, CTF/SVP Fire were directed to establish division C operations. Fire Captain Paul Rivera took the lead and established the division as he directed his remaining crew and other firefighters as assigned.

Defensive attack lines were put in place to control and suppress flames off the southwest side of the fire. Many other operations were also in place such as rescue efforts and building searches.

By 4:36 a.m., the fire was under control. Resources were demobilized and fire crews were being released.

CTF/SVSP Engine No. 8211 was released as well, retuning to CTF and back in quarters at approximately 5:03 a.m.

While there were no injuries to any CTF/SVSP fire staff or inmate firefighters, some residents and a Monterey County Sheriff’s deputy were injured in the fire.

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