Colton woman fights wildfires in California
Colton's Miranda Carroll is a firefighter and advanced emergency medical technician (AEMT) with Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue. She is also a member of their wildland firefighting team.
On Sunday, Oct. 27, she and the 16 other members of Oregon Strike Team #9 (OST#9) were deployed to California to fight the Burris Fire in Mendocino County. When it was determined the fires in the surrounding hills were pretty much under control, they were assigned to the Kincaid fire in Sonoma County.
Carroll was interviewed by the office of the Oregon Fire Marshall on a Facebook live stream following a 24-hour shift. She was asked to describe what the team had been doing on shift.
"We have been going around checking for hot spots and putting them out," she said.
When asked how it felt to be in California fighting fires she said it was great to be able to be a resource when needed.
Oregon has sent 75 engines and 275 firefighters to help with the wildland fires in the neighboring state. Carroll was assigned to a Type-3 fire apparatus, which is a four-wheel drive engine that is designed for rapid pick up and relocation during wildfires.
According to their website, the "Type 3 includes a pump that operates at 120 gallons per minute a 500 gallon tank, 1000 feet of one and a half-inch hose and 800 feet of one inch hose. It takes a minimum of four firefighters to operate."
Carroll has been a firefighter since 2008 when she began as a volunteer with the Colton Volunteer Fire District. She says that sparked her interest and she changed her career from the dental field to firefighting.
Carroll ended her segment by thanking her family and friends for "taking care of all my horses, and there are a lot of them," and gave a special shout-out to her son, Dylan.
With more fires flaring up in the state to the south, it is not known when the OST#9 will be home. It could be today or it could be later as they are now on standby.
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