Friday, October 26, 2007

The Best Things in Life Are Free

We have all been affected in some way or another by the tragic events that have taken place in Southern California this past week. With the news coverage focusing now on evacuees returning back to where their homes used to be, sifting through its remains, trying to salvage what hasn't been entirely consumed by fire...we all can attest to this sentiment a bit more than we did before Monday.

Thankfully, the weather is finally cooperating with the increase in humidity and the Santa Ana winds having died down, but more and more crews have been sent to attack the blazes. Among them were four of our own, who made the trip down to SoCal just an hour after receiving the official dispatch orders 9:00 a.m. Monday morning. They are: Captain Scott Ferguson,Craig Briscoe, Firefighter Fred Menzel, and Firefighter/Paramedic Neema Mohammadizad. Caravanning down with Brisbane’s Engine 81 were Battalion Chiefs Engler and Stratton from North County Fire Authority, along with four other engines that, together, made up the Northern San Mateo County Strike Team (the other 4 engines being from South San Francisco, Colma, and two from Daly City).

Originally, the strike team was sent to San Diego County to fight the Harris Fire. Since then they have been moved around to various fires throughout San Diego County as their orders change to reflect where they are needed for structure protection. Our guys are reported to be doing well, just tired from the week they have been down there. There’s no word yet as to when the crew will be able to return back, but given the scale of the fires still raging, it could be anywhere from 7 to 14 days before they are able to return home. We hope it’s more so the former, but know they’ll stay for however long it takes to see that the job gets done. Click here for a status map of the LA and SD fires.

It goes without saying that it takes a huge amount of bravery and fearlessness for these guys to do what they do, but these guys definitely have it. We hope to see them back home and safe soon.

Our annual Marina Festival is happening this weekend! From 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, you won’t want to be anywhere else! The Annual Marina Festival is a popular community event, offering many activities for the whole family to enjoy. This year features live music by the Kathy Wall Quartet and The Hot Rods Band. Also featured is a special noontime performance by Rebels Elite junior cheer teams, radio controlled car races, classic boats, a classic car show, Lions Club fun run/walk, food, art & wine, children's activities, and much more. So come on down to the Marina this Sunday for what is expected to be a great time! The best things in life truly ARE FREE -- and that includes admission & parking.

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