San Diego Fire Department prepared for heat wave
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department will have extra resources to keep the county cool in what projects to be a smoldering hot weekend. An extra helicopter crew will be on duty as temperatures are expected to eclipse to 100s. An excessive heat warning for desert areas will be in effect beginning early Sunday morning, likely lasting through Wednesday.
Fire Chief Brian Fennessy has ordered SDFRD’s second helicopter to be available during the upcoming heat wave. It was to be put into use full-time starting next month, but officials moved the date up due to anticipated high temperatures and dry fuel conditions increasing the risk of fires, according to a statement from the SDFRD.
Fire officials expect an increase in the number of rescues. Five additional brush engine crews and a battalion chief will also be on hand.