By Lt. Charlene Billings, AA/PIO
California Correctional Center
The California Correctional Center (CCC) firehouse received a new 2017 HME Model 18 Type 1 Fire Engine to serve the needs of the CCC and High Desert State Prison (HDSP) fire departments, as well as provide mutual aid for Lassen County and the state of California. The engine will be used by the institutional fire department in responding to all hazard incidents including fires, medical emergencies, vehicle accidents, rescues and hazardous material releases.
The new fire engine is specifically designed for firefighting in the wildland/urban interface. Its tight-turning radius and durable chassis were specifically developed and engineered to reach remote and rugged off-highway locations and access terrain common in areas around both institutions.
CDCR piggy-backed on an existing contract with California Office of Emergency Services for the engine, which included specifications that the fire engine was to be fully equipped with hoses, nozzles and tools. This effort saved taxpayer money in development and contracting costs. The new vehicle replaces a 1984 fire engine that had been recently surveyed.
By the numbers
The fire engine has an 850-gallon water tank and the capability to pump at 1,250 gallons per minute. It carries nearly 3,000 feet of hose for firefighting and attaching to fire hydrants. It carries all equipment needed to handle emergencies at both institutions and surrounding areas. It even carries the newly purchased, battery-powered, Jaws of Life, a tool used to cut trapped victims from vehicular or industrial accidents. The fire engine is staffed daily with a Fire Captain and five inmate firefighters.
The CCC/HDSP Fire Department is staffed with one Fire Chief, five Fire Captains, one Associate Hazardous Materials Specialist, and currently has 15 inmate firefighters. They responded to over 400 calls of service in 2017, with nearly half being mutual aid responses off-grounds including strike team assignments to the Minerva (Plumas County), Helena (Trinity County), Atlas (Napa County) and Thomas (Santa Barbara County) fires.