2 Monterey County strike teams travel to help fight Camp Fire

2 Monterey County strike teams travel to help fight Camp Fire

2 Monterey County strike teams travel to help fight Camp Fire

The team is made up of about 40 local fire fighters.

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WEBVTT , CHRISTOPHER? CHRISTOPHER: WE HAD TWO STRIKE TEAMS RENDEVOUING TODAY BEFORE HEADING OUT, ALTOGETHER, WE’RE — TO FIGHT THAT WILDFIRE. WHEN FIGHTING SOMETHING AS UNPREDICTABLE AS A FIRE, IT’S OFTEN SAID EXPERIENCE CAN BE YOUR BEST WEAPON. >> IT’S HARDER AS YOU GET OLDER, IT’S TOUGHER ON YOUR BODY CHRISTOPHER: STANDING JUST HOURS AWAY FROM FACING THAT UNPREDICTABILITY. 42-YEAR VETERAN RON LEMOS SPEAKS AND CARRIES HIMSELF WITH A DEGREE OF CERTAINTY ONLY SOMEONE WHO HAS FOUGHT HUNDREDS OF WILDFIRES COULD. >> THEY’RE ALL BASICALLY THE SAME. GET OUT, DO YOUR JOB. CHRISTOPHER: A JOB HE SAYS, WILL BE HIS LAST. >> I’M ON THE BOOKS UNTIL THE END OF THE YEAR, BUT MY LAST DAY IS NEXT THURSDAY. CHRISTOPHER: THIS FIRE FIGHT, HOWEVER. WILL BURN WELL INTO HIS RETIREMENT, FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS HE’LL LEAD ONE ONE OF TWO MONTEREY COUNTY STRIKE TEAMS TRAVELING NORTH, FIGHTING THE EXPLOSIVE CAMP FIRE IN BUTTE COUNTY. AND HE’LL BE DOING IT ALONGSIDE A FAMILIAR FACE. >> I WENT WITH HIM ON MY FIRST STRIKE TEAM IN SHASTA COUNTY BACK IN 1989. CHRISTOPHER: SALINAS BATTALION CHIEF SAM KLEMEKS LEMOS, AND THEIR NEARLY 70 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE WILL LEAD TWO TEAMS OF ABOUT 20 MEN AND WOMEN, COMING FROM MARINA, SEASIDE, MONTEREY, SALINAS AND MONTEREY COUNTY REGIONAL FIRE, >> WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHO IS SITTING IN THE SEAT NEXT TO YOU, THOSE ARE GUYS THAT YOU KNOW. GUYS AND GALS THAT HAVE TRAINED TOGETHER, THAT HAVE WORKED TOGETHER BEFORE. CHRISTOPHER: THE BRAVE LOCAL MEN AND WOMEN. ONCE AGAIN PUTTING IT ALL ON THE LINE FOR OTHERS. AND FOR LEMOS ONE LAST TIME. >> THAT’S OUR GOAL. STAY HEADS UP BE ABLE TO PUT YOUR HEAD ON A SWIVEL 360 SO YOU CAN GET OUT WHEN YOU NEED TO GET OUT AND RUN WHEN YOU NEED TO RU >> EVERYBODY HAS ONE GOAL. HIM AND THAT’S TO COME HOME. CHRISTOPHE DESPITE ALL THE RESOURCES SET UP TO FIGHT THE FIRE, I AM TOLD THERE IS STILL PLENTY HERE IN THE EVENT THAT ONE WERE TO SPARK L

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2 Monterey County strike teams travel to help fight Camp Fire

The team is made up of about 40 local fire fighters.

The team is made up of about 40 local fire fighters.

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