Inmate firefighters from MCSP carry a dog from a burning home during a fire call on Feb. 25. The team was first to respond to a single-story fire. No people were injured. Courtesy photo.

By Ike Dodson, AA/PIO, OPEC

Four inmate firefighters from Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP) rescued a large dog from a residential structure fire on Feb. 25.

The inmates, who work in MCSP’s institutional fire house, were dispatched at approximately 5:30 p.m. by the CAL FIRE dispatch emergency command center in Camino to respond to a residential blaze at Wilda Court in Ione.

A squad of four inmate firefighters responded code 3 (lights and siren) and was the first team to arrive on scene. The single-story home had smoke pouring from the front of the building.

Two of the inmate firefighters worked to quell the fire from inside the house while two others secured utilities. The pair inside ultimately rescued a large dog. An appreciative member of the public snapped a photo of the dog being carried out of the home while smoke escaped the front door.

No persons were injured in the fire. Firefighters brought down the ceiling of the house to suppress the fire’s extension into the attic and used a ventilation fan to evacuate smoke from the building.

The crew also assisted with overhaul and salvage assignments before returning to MCSP.

The MCSP fire house can hold up to six inmate firefighters and serves as the only 24-hour fire response team in the area. MCSP inmate firefighters are often the first emergency medical service to arrive on calls.