What is Needed
The three volunteer fire stations at Huntington Lake, Big Creek and Pine ridge need to replace virtually all the basic firefighting gear that was lost in the Creek Fire. The most urgent need is the immediate replacement of Personal Protection fire suits along with saws, pumps, hand tools etc.
What We’ve Done
To date, the Fresno Area Rotary Clubs have funded the purchase of 5 sets of Personal Protection Gear, a portable pump, generator, chain saw, extraction tool, etc but the three fire stations still need more.
On September 4, 2020, the Creek Fire started in the town of Big Creek, near Shaver Lake in Central California. It was the largest single incident in California history and the largest recorded fire within the Sierra National Forest. It burned more than 380,000 acres, destroyed 856 structures and damaged 71 more. Twenty-six people were injured. The towns of Big Creek, Huntington Lake, Shaver Lake and Mammoth Pool were impacted, and evacuation orders were also issued in the towns of North Fork, Bass Lake, Tollhouse and Auberry. Among the structures destroyed were the firehouses at Huntington Lake, Big Creek and Pine Ridge.
Upon learning of the loss of the firehouses with all equipment, five of the Rotary Clubs in Fresno, North Fresno Rotary, Fig Garden Rotary, East Fresno Rotary, Fresno Sunrise Rotary and the Cultural Arts Rotary Club got together to help. Virtually all the equipment in the three Volunteer Firehouses was destroyed and that equipment needed to be replaced as quickly as possible so that the firefighters could resume protecting the communities they serve. The five clubs considered making direct donations of food, clothing, etc. to the families that lost their homes but decided that by helping their fire departments instead, they would be able to provide long-term help not only for the fire victims but also for the other community residents for years to come. In other words, by helping the people who help people, they would be able to make a greater long-term impact. They saw it as a variation of the old “Give a man a fish…” concept.
In addition to the funds contributed by the five Fresno Clubs, the group also received donations from the Rotary club of Carmel Valley, the Monterey Pacific Rotary Club, Rotary Districts 5230 and 5280 and from the Southern California Edison Company. In total, the group raised close to $35,000 but reequipping the three firehouses is an expensive and ongoing project so more funding is needed.
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