The San Diego County Board of Supervisors authorised a pair of fire-safety measures Tuesday, together with the acceptance of a federal grant to assist buy a firefighting helicopter.
The board authorised a $3.75 million federal grant, with the cash earmarked for the acquisition of a twin-engine firefighting helicopter. County officers mentioned the helicopter may also assist bolster search-and-rescue efforts, along with suppression of wildland fires.
“When a fireplace begins and lives are in peril, each second counts. The brand new firefighting helicopter will assist suppress flames and rescue individuals in hurt’s approach,” Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer, vice chair of the board, mentioned in a press release.
The board additionally authorised a $3.41 million federal grant to cut back hearth dangers in closely vegetated areas.
“Clearing vegetation alongside roads, particularly in our unincorporated areas, is a preventative measure to cut back the potential of fires alongside evacuation routes. We adopted a wildfire evacuation preparedness plan final 12 months, and this may assist us proceed to place it into motion,” Lawson-Remer mentioned.
–Metropolis Information Service