More valley firefighters head West |

More valley firefighters head West

The Snowmass Village and Carbondale fire departments joined the fight against the California wildfires yesterday, each dispatching a fire engine and crew.

Both departments sent type 3 engines, the same kind sent by Aspen and Basalt this week.

The crew from Snowmass is Jeff Pricher, David Klebes and Shannon Poland; the crew from Carbondale is Ron Leach, Jake Spaulding, David Swift and Bruce Halverson.

Snowmass Deputy Fire Chief John Mele said the absence of four engines and crews from the valley means the departments will be working more closely together than usual.

“Dispatching this engine and crew means that just as our guys will be working closely with other crews in California, we’ll be making sure to help each other out here in the valley in case something happens,” Mele said.

“Fire departments are always willing to band together for this sort of thing.”

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