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CAL FIRE Secures 12 Firefighting Aircraft

As part of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s continued investments in emergency preparedness and wildfire response, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention (CAL FIRE) secured 12 additional firefighting aircraft for exclusive use in its statewide response efforts. Within hours of securing these critical resources, nine of the 12 aircraft were immediately dispatched to new and emerging fires.

“Climate change is the driving force behind the extreme weather we see across the globe, creating hotter, drier conditions in Western States and contributing to unparalleled risk of catastrophic wildfire,” said Newsom. “Our investments in state-of-the-art firefighting technology and equipment along with a focus on building resilience through fuel breaks, forest health projects and home hardening will ensure California is more prepared than ever to face an increasingly severe wildfire season.”

Governor Newsom’s California Comeback Plan invests more than $2 billion to combat and prepare for wildfires and advance emergency response, the largest investment in the state’s history. It also includes $5.1 billion in four years for immediate drought response and long-term water resilience.

The new aircraft bring CAL FIRE’s aerial fleet to more than 60 fixed and rotary wing aircraft, augmenting what is already the largest civil aerial firefighting fleet in the world. The 12 additional firefighting aircraft join CAL FIRE’s world-renowned aviation program which responds to thousands of wildland fires throughout California each year.


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Lisa Brown has decades of experience in corporate communications and marketing management with organizations including Coldwell Banker Residential, Grubb & Ellis, Marcus & Millichap, NAIOP, SIOR and ALM. In those positions, she worked in conjunction with chief executive officers and chief marketing officers to create corporate messaging, cohesive branding standards, strategic marketing plans and thought pieces. Brown is a frequent speaker at industry events and an editing adjunct professor for an online course. She has a master’s degree in mass communications from San Jose State University.

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