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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Winter Weather Keeps Firefighters Busy

Over the past several weeks CAL FIRE firefighters have been busy responding to weather related incidents.

December 20th 2010, CAL FIRE engine companies under the direction of Battalion Chief Ernie Marugg responded to a swift water rescue incident on Deluz Murrieta Road. When firefighters arrived they found two victims trapped, one victim was standing in the bed of the truck, the other inside the vehicle. Two swift water teams from Camp Pendleton and Oceanside Fire Department were dispatched and down stream spotters were strategically located. Once the swift water rescue teams arrived, two rescuers crossed the fast moving creek in a rescue boat. Both victims were safely returned to shore and immediately taken to an awaiting ambulance for evaluation.

On December 22, 2010 at approximately 1 pm three large boulders slid over 150 feet down the side of a mountain landing on Mussy Grade Rd. In this photo the largest of the 3 boulders is shown, it is the size of a full size truck and could not be moved by a regular bulldozer. A larger bulldozer arrived and removed the rock from the road. Fortunately no one was injured during the event.