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Santa Barbara City Firefighters using new backpacks to help save lives

Santa Barbara City Firefighters
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Santa Barbara City Firefighters’ new backpacks allow for extra food and gear to be carried while they’re working for extended periods of time.
City Fire Backpacks
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The Santa Barbara City Fire Department has used its 42 new backpacks to battle blazes throughout town over the past few months.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The Santa Barbara City Fire Department was recently awarded a $15,000 grant from the California Fire Foundation and PG&E (Pacific Gas and Electric). 

The grant money was used to purchase 42 new modern wild land firefighting backpacks. 

The packs were supplied by Mystery Ranch Company and are designed for firefighters who respond to vegetation fires. 

These packs have been redesigned and constructed so the weight of the pack is evenly distributed on the firefighters’ hips and shoulders, thereby minimizing potential back injuries. 

“It has an adjustable lumbar support strap that can basically cater to your fit based on your build,” City of Santa Barbara Fire Department Engineer Matt Hayes said.

The extra space in the backpacks allows for clothing, food, extra tools and gear to be carried when firefighters are away from the fire engine for extended periods of time.

“The design, materials and everything work together to keep us in better shape,” City of Santa Barbara Fire Department Captain Isaac Siegel said. “It also allows us to work longer.

The fire department is involved in wildland firefighting operations both locally and within the state of California. 

Santa Barbara City Fire Department has specialized firefighting apparatus for responding to vegetation fires in four of the eight fire stations within the City of Santa Barbara.

These new backpacks have been in use since the start of fire season, put to use during the two vegetation fires which broke out near Fairview Avenue and the Hollister Ranch fire among many other smaller blazes.

If taken care of properly, these packs could last a firefighter up to 30 years of service.

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