Task Force 4209, Camp Fire in Butte County

Nineteen firefighters from the regional fire protection districts and departments in the Mother Lode were deployed by the state as Task Force 4209 to assist with fire suppression efforts for the Camp Fire in Butte County. A half-dozen other Mother Lode firefighters from regional departments were also deployed to the area outside of Task Force 4209.

Task Force 4209:

Bill Becker, Battalion Chief and Task Force Leader, Turlock Fire Department

Brittan Gregory, Task Force Leader Trainee, Sonora Fire Department

Daniel Wegner, Firefighter, Columbia Fire Department

Chris Mojica, Captain, Columbia Fire Department

Michael Weiland, Engineer, Columbia Fire Department

Neil Gamez, Captain, Twain Harte Fire Department

Terron Tidaback, Intern Operator, Twain Harte Fire Department

James Walker, Intern Operator, Twain Harte Fire Department

Patrick McCaleb, Intern Firefighter, Twain Harte Fire Department

James Klyn, Captain, Mi-Wuk Sugar Pine Fire Protection District

David Straub, Firefighter, Mi-Wuk Sugar Pine Fire Protection District

Ben Garcia, Firefighter, Mi-Wuk Sugar Pine Fire Protection District

Jeff Santi, Captain, Tuolumne Fire Protection District

Brandon Ohler, Firefighter, Tuolumne Fire Protection District

Patrick Cohen, Engineer, Tuolumne Fire Protection District

Riley Derichsweiler, Firefighter, Tuolumne Fire Protection District

Ryan Carpenter, Engineer, Central Calaveras Fire and Rescue Protection District

Brandon Contreras, Engineer, Central Calaveras Fire and Rescue Protection District

John Schwitalla, Engineer, Central Calaveras Fire and Rescue Protection District

Additional Resources:

Joel Lafayette, Fire Line EMT, Mi-Wuk Sugar Pine Fire Protection District

Chris Tedder, Engineer, Central Calaveras Fire and Rescue Protection District

Kioni Sodaria, Firefighter, Central Calaveras Fire and Rescue Protection District

Michael Halligan, Firefighter, Central Calaveras Fire and Rescue Protection District

Lance Nomil, Firefighter, Central Calaveras Fire and Rescue Protection District

Jerry Zellers, Firefighter, Central Calaveras Fire and Rescue Protection District

You can check out the entire Union Democrat article via the link below.  The article is very interesting, enlightening and heartbreaking.

Our three firefighters, Klyn, Garcia and Straub, returned home on Wednesday afternoon; Joel Lafayette, on the EMT in Strike Team 4061C, remains in Butte County.

https://www.uniondemocrat.com/localnews/6708952-151/task-force-4209-tuolumne-county-firefighters-battle-the?referrer=home&referrer=top

Thank you James, Ben, David and Joel and ALL of the other firefighters who have faced this devastating disaster.  There are no words.

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