The Oxnard Fire Department debuted some brand-new support apparatus nearly two weeks ago, the first of its kind in the department’s history.
A new unit called Light and Air 65 will play a variety of key support roles for firefighters. It provides compressed air for air tanks, which is important because firefighters can go through two to four cylinders within the first 40 minutes of an incident. The unit is also equipped with bright lights to illuminate nighttime emergency operations.
The unit will be based at Fire Station 5, 1450 Colonia Road, and staffed by crew members there. Light and Air 65 was purchased with a $450,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.