The Southlake Fire Department is sending a firefighter, Driver/Engineer-EMT Vann Wakefield, to assist with the wildland firefighting efforts currently under way in Southern California. Engineer Wakefield is being deployed as part of a larger group of Texas firefighters from municipalities across the region (Fort Worth, Parker County, Weatherford, Stephenville, Roanoke, Cleburne and Somervell County).
Personnel and firefighting apparatus from these departments make up a single wild land strike team which is one of three strike teams being deployed from the North Branch of TIFMAS (Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System).
Dallas, Plano, Denton, Frisco, McKinney, Little Elm, Flower Mound and Lewisville Fire Departments make up the other two strike teams.
Please keep these firefighters in your thoughts and prayers as they travel a very long distance to help preserve life and property in the affected areas of Southern California.