In an effort to enhance wildfire preparedness, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) contracted the Erickson Aircrane to assist with firefighting needs in San Diego County. This marks the eighth year the company has contracted to bring this critical firefighting asset to San Diego County to protect the community from wildfires.
“Bringing back the Aircrane for another fire season is just one of the many enhancements we, and our partners, have made over the years to improve wildfire readiness,” said Caroline Winn, chief operating officer for SDG&E. “Working collaboratively with the County, local jurisdictions and the state is key to ensuring our communities are as safe as possible.”
Since SDG&E first contracted the Aircrane, it has made more than 460 water drops – that’s over half a million gallons of water used to protect homes, businesses and communities. These efforts help make a critical difference in stopping wildfires before they have a chance to spread, according to fire officials.
The Erickson Aircrane is contracted to remain in the region through November – or longer, if fire conditions warrant.
Safety is a top priority for the Sempra Energy family of companies and the Erickson Aircrane is just one of the ways SDG&E is working to help protect customers and communities in the energy company’s service area.
SDG&E has also replaced more than 10,000 wooden power poles with fire-resistant steel poles, as well as developed the Fire Potential Index, which uses weather forecasts and vegetation conditions to determine when and where to pre-stage utility crews to respond to possible outages caused by wildfires. SDG&E is also involved in extensive weather forecasting, vegetation management and employee training programs related to wildfire preparedness .
To learn more about SDG&E’s commitment to fire preparedness and safety, visit sdge.com .