Pasadena Firefighters Returned Home Thursday After Ten Days Battling a Blazing Wildfire Up North

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By BRANDON VILLALOVOS?

6:30 pm | July 27, 2017


Two Pasadena fire engines and eight firefighters returned to Fire Station 33 Thursday after ten grueling days heroically battling a blazing wildfire and providing mutual aid at the Detwiler Fire in Northern California’s Mariposa County.

The team provided structure protection, laid over 5,000 ft. of hose line for clean-up operations and assisted another dept. during a medical emergency.

“We stayed there ten days and provided mostly structure protection on houses. We also did a lot of mopping-up and line construction and basically assisted in putting out the fire that continues to burn to this day,” explained Pasadena Fire Captain Robert Sepulveda Jr.

The fire has currently burned over 81,000 acres. An estimated 100 homes and counting have been lost.

“We’re just glad that none of our personnel from the strike team got injured and we maintained professionalism throughout the whole entire incident when we were there,” said Sepulveda.

According to Sepulveda, fighting a fire of that magnitude requires intensive focus.

“We have to maintain situational awareness at all times. We do rely on our training. We have special books that we read and just brush up on,” explained Sepulveda.

The Pasadena firefighters came to the rescue to a fire crew from Selma, California after witnessing their fire engine crash and resulted in the ejection of a fire captain.

“We were first on scene,” explained Sepulveda. “We packaged up the patient and we transported him to the heli-spot and they airlifted him out to a trauma center,” added Sepulveda.

“It was just one of those incidents that was within an incident where it’s your own fellow brothers and it’s definitely something that we don’t like to do, but when it’s time to act, we’re right there providing the best possible care,” said Sepulveda.

The firefighters will take a much needed break as they settle in from their long journey.

“We’re very proud to be a part of the strike team. We treated the citizens and the public out in Mariposa and Merced counties just as if they were Pasadena residents with pride,” said Sepulveda. “The public was very thankful, which motivates all the firefighters who are tired and it was very nice to have that support from the community.”