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Santa Maria Fire preparing for fire season

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Santa Maria firefighters expect a busy season.

"The weather and the lack of rain we’ve had we’re really expecting to be busy this summer," said Battalion Chief Tony Clayburg with the Santa Maria Fire Department.

These days, crews always have to stay prepared for wild fires at any time of the year, Clayburg said. "Typically what we do is every year will do annual training we review our our fire whether our car behavior condition say conditions strong condition things like that we’re trying to just make sure that everyone’s well aware of what’s there."

In addition to wild fire training, crews just finished an aircraft rescue exercise at the Santa Maria Jet Center to make sure they’re ready for any kind of emergencies at the airport.

"It’s really important to practice on a daily and weekly basis but this annual training is really important to maintain her certification to run a aircraft rescue firefighting at the Santa Maria airport," said firefighter Jim Clayton with the Santa Maria Fire Department.

Fire crews said part of getting ready for fire season is making sure all their personal gear is ready to go.

"They are well aware they could be gone for two weeks so they make sure their bags are ready to go in there they’re well prepared getting hydrated getting acclimated to the weather like when are we going to get off duty go on hikes in and things like that," said Clayburg.

"It’s a year round proposition these days fires are happening year-around so we’re always ready," said Clayton.

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