SOURCE: San Diego Gas & Electric

San Diego Gas & Electric

September 07, 2009 11:00 ET

SDG&E Bolsters Region's Firefighting Capabilities With New Helicopter and Strike Team

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - September 7, 2009) -

WHAT: Press conference to introduce Wildfire Strike Team and to announce details on new firefighting helicopter that are part of SDG&E's Community Fire Safety Program for 2009. SDG&E will also outline its progress to date on steps taken to improve power line safety, especially during fire season. That progress includes:

--  Replacing more than 700 wood poles with fire-resistant steel poles;
--  Undergrounding power lines in high-risk fire areas;
--  Enhancing  tree-trimming and equipment inspection programs;
--  Installing cutting-edge technology on utility poles to reduce risk of
--  Securing  dozens of generators for schools, water agencies and care
--  Staging crews in highest fire risk areas for quicker response;
--  Distributing emergency kits and corded telephones to residents.

WHEN:     Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009
          12:30 p.m.

WHERE:    SDG&E Headquarters
          8330 Century Park Drive

WHO:      Debra L. Reed, president and chief executive officer, SDG&E
          Michael R. Niggli, chief operating officer, SDG&E
          Chief Jeff Meston, FIRE STOP
          Chief Augie Ghio, president, San Diego County Fire Chiefs'
          Tony Young, San Diego City Council Member
          Dave Allen, vice mayor, City of La Mesa
          Steve Castaneda, Chula Vista City Council Member
          Chairman Johnny Hernandez, Santa Ysabel Tribal Council


--  Wildfire Strike Team and engines now under contract to SDG&E to
    provide seasonal wildfire protection in strategic backcountry locations
--  An "Intelliruptor," a piece of cutting-edge technology that has been
    installed on more than 100 utility poles to reduce risk of ignition
--  Generators SDG&E has obtained for school districts and water agencies
    during fire season in the event of a fire shut-off
--  Emergency kits with corded phones SDG&E has assembled and distributed
    to medically sensitive backcountry customers

Contact Information

    Jennifer Ramp
    San Diego Gas & Electric
    (877) 866-2066
    (858) 740-4431 (Cell)
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