Four Schertz firefighters are among the two hundred TIFMAS (Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System) Firefighters who deployed to southern California to battle the raging wildfires. Early Monday morning, Schertz Fire Rescue's Lt. Melancon, Lt. Hollick, Lt. Schultze and FF Hoes departed on a fourteen-day deployment with the City's newest TIFMAS apparatus, a Type III engine.
Along with Schertz, TIFMAS deployed twenty firefighters from the San Antonio Fire Department, Bexar County ESD #8, Boerne Fire, and District 7. The San Antonio Task Force will travel to Camarillo CA to check in with the California Office of Emergency Management for their assignment.
"California is facing devastating wildfires, and we are proud that Schertz Firefighters have stepped up again to provide assistance to communities in CA. Our Firefighters are always more than willing to lend a helping hand when someone is in need. Our thoughts and payers go out to all of the families affected by the wildfires and pray for the safe return of our firefighters," commented Schertz Fire Chief, Kade Long.
TIFMAS, the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System, was established by the Texas Legislature and provides all-hazard response with over 5,000 local firefighters. The System is supported by cities, counties and special purpose districts throughout the State and has responded to every major in-state disaster since 2008.
Our thoughts are with our Schertz firefighters, and we look forward to their safe return home.