Lubbock Fire Rescue fighting California wildfires

LFR crews assisting with Carr fire
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Four Lubbock firefighters are in central California, working with crews on the Carr Fire outside the town of Redding.

LFR posted this picture of the brush truck they share with the Texas Forest Service as part of the state's mutual aid program.

The truck left Lubbock Tuesday afternoon, arriving late Thursday night in California.

The firefighters are working on the southern end of the Carr Fire, not far from the Northern California Veterans Cemetery.

The Carr Fire has burned more than 180,000 acres so far.

Members of Lubbock Fire Rescue left Wednesday for the 14-day deployment.

"They requested it and we said sure, we'll be able to help," said Kevin Ivy with Lubbock Fire Rescue. "They're going to the area of the Carr fire, they're calling (it), which is in Redding, California."

Marcus Young, a Lubbock native and an Asset Protection Director for United Family, was just in Redding, California as part of a nationwide disaster response team which helps employees of United Family get back on their feet. Two of them, Redding says, lost everything they own.

This deployment is part of a mutual aid program (TIFMAS) where the State of Texas lends a firefighting vehicle to LFR for use around Lubbock. In exchange, firefighters are called upon during natural disasters, often bringing the vehicle with them.

"One day they could be on the front line, the next day they could be protecting a house, and an hour later they could be doing mop up," Ivy said. "It's going to just change from time to time. That piece of apparatus is very versatile at doing very different stuff."

Ivy says that not only is this vehicle a great resource to have for natural disasters like the California wildfires, but it helps LFR perform their job, too.

"It's a great thing to have and it's a great thing to have here," Ivy said. "We actually have two brush trucks for the city of Lubbock that are city of Lubbock property, then we throw this one in on top of it. So, if we get a grass fire down in Canyon Lakes or something like that our normal apparatus can't get to that. With the two that we and then we have this one, that gives us more capability for the city which is the great thing about this agreement with TIFMAS... is that we can use it on any fires in the city day to day and stuff like that."

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