The South Pasadena Fire Department has sent another firefighter/paramedic to a massive 40,000-acre blaze burning out-of-control in Northern California.
Shortly after Justin Miller returned from the Holy fire, crews here prepared the necessary equipment and were on stand-by for another deployment.
That deployment came last Friday when Engineer and Firefighter/Paramedic Mike Larkin was sent to the Delta fire, which has burned nearly 50,000 acres and is only 5 percent contained.
“We are just grateful we can help put when the state asks,” said So Pas Fire Chief Paul Riddle. “We are always ready to help.”
The Delta fire is north of Redding in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.
Interstate 5 in Shasta County was just reopened this past Monday with restrictions after five days of closure because of the Delta blaze, which has burned cars and large tractor-trailer trucks. The blaze has so far injured one person, according to the U.S. Forest Service. A 17-mile stretch of the interstate will be reduced to one lane in each direction, according to police.
Larkin is assigned as a Fire Line Paramedic (FEMP) to help with those firefighters on the frontlines. He carries about 70 pounds of gear, including Advanced Life Support equipment and an EKG Monitor along with IV’s, Riddle said.
“Mike is assigned to a Hot Shot crew and is out on the fire line providing emergency medicine to the fire fighters working the incident,” Riddle said in an email to The Review. Larkin’s deployment will be at least 14 days, according to Riddle.