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Ever wonder about VCFD's fire, emergency, medical or rescue services? Have a burning question about fire safety and daily operations? In the below videos, Firefighter Robby answers our community's top questions in a fun, new video series. "Robby to the Rescue!" is designed to engage and educate the community on a variety of fire safety topics with the help of its VCFD fire family members

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Spark of Love Toy Drive

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Starting in 2016, the Southern California Spark of Love toy drive partnered with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. This nationwide program has been collecting and distributing toys since 1947. For nearly three decades, Spark of Love has successfully collected more than ten million toys for underserved children and teens in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, Ventura and Riverside counties. Toys collected in the respective counties are distributed locally.

During the 2019 holiday season, the Ventura County Fire Department (VCFD), in partnership with ABC 7, Oxnard City Fire, and Ventura City Fire collected more than 60,000 donations from local businesses, community members and drop-off sites at local fire stations throughout the County of Ventura.

Spark of Love 2020The drive benefited over 30 non-profits and in total will give to more than 6,000 local children, making it VCFD’s most successful holiday-giving campaign in 27 years.

Spark of Love peopleVCFD partnered with local charities, businesses, civic organizations and community volunteers to raise awareness for the toy drive and collect donations from dozens of events and fire stations. In addition to donations, people worked around the clock to distribute thousands of unwrapped toys, bikes, games and sports equipment to kids and teens.

Fire stations, public agencies and more than 50 local businesses and organizations served as collection sites for toys that were distributed locally by Children’s Services Auxiliary of Ventura County (CSA).

Each year, CSA creates a "Holiday Toy Store" during the month of December for foster parents, guardians, group homes and disadvantaged families and kids to shop for toys free of charge. Invitations to shop are distributed through various organizations and non-profits.

This year, The Collection at Riverpark graciously joined as an official sponsor and hosted a campaign kick-off event during its annual holiday festivities and tree lighting ceremony. The offer to be a toy donation site was taken up by many stores in the complex, helping to grow this amazing program.

For questions or to learn more, contact Crystal Stratton, VCFD Program Administrator, at (805) 389-9745.Spark of Love Fire Truck

Red Flag Warnings

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A Red Flag Warning is issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) when humidity is very low, temperatures elevated, and strong winds are present. This warning is intended to heighten public awareness about elevated conditions that may ignite a fire.

What happens when a Red Flag Warning is issued?

  • The NWS advises public safety officials, public agencies, utilities and the local media that a Red Flag Warning has been issued.
  • Burn permits are cancelled, and all burning is banned countywide.
  • The Ventura County Fire Department increases patrols and personnel in high fire hazard areas throughout the County.
  • The Public Works Department, Park District, School District and Law Enforcement are notified who may initiate additional protection measures.
  • Southern California Edison (SCE) reviews local conditions and the potential fire threat ahead of issuing an alert for an SCE Public Safety Power Shutdown (PSPS) event. To learn more, visit PSPS Events.
  • Under extreme heat and/or wind conditions public events may be closed and fire closures issued on public property.
  • Remember A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS TO BE PREPARED, NOT TO PANIC.

 

What should I do if a Red Flag Warning is issued?

  • Review your Family Emergency Response Plan with your household. Refer to the Ready, Set, Go website for details and review contingency plans for power outages at your home or work as a result of a PSPS event.
  • Identify two evacuation routes in your neighborhood and make sure all family members are aware of them.
  • Confirm you have an out of state emergency contact in case local phone service is interrupted.
  • Make sure your Family Emergency Go Bag is up to date and ready in case you need to evacuate. Be prepared for a power outage. To learn more, please visit Family Emergency Tips.
  • Register yourself and family on VC Alert, so that you are notified of a local emergency. Stay informed through local media outlets, social media and VCemergency.com. Please do not call 911.
  • If you have an automatic garage door, consider parking your vehicles on the driveway.
  • Be sure to have at least ½ a tank of fuel in your vehicles as gas stations may be closed since most do not have back-up generators.
  • Have cash in hand and be sure to purchase essential items in advance of a scheduled PSPS event. Confirm you have a battery-powered radio.
  • Residents reliant on Oxygen should make sure they have a back-up cylinder.
  • Stop any activities that have the potential to start a fire (camp fires, mowing, chain-sawing).
  • Comfort pets and their supplies so that you can quickly load them into your vehicle in if you need to evacuate.
  • Make sure your vehicle is fueled and have your driver’s license for proof of residence available for possible road closures.
  • Move vehicles parked on narrow roads off the street to improve access and use of public safety vehicles and to facilitate a possible evacuation.
  • Park in your driveway facing out to keep roads accessible to emergency equipment.
  • Communicate with your neighbors to make sure they are aware of the Red Flag Alert Warning and the increased fire threat.
  • Be aware of suspicious vehicles or people. Write down information, but please do not call 911.