Rogue Valley Strike Team Comes Home

The 22 members of the Rogue Valley Strike Team are back home in time for the holidays. They were helping battle the Thomas fire in Southern California for two weeks.

Posted: Dec. 20, 2017 4:58 PM
Updated: Dec. 20, 2017 6:53 PM

MEDFORD, Ore.-- The teams of Southern Oregon firefighters are back from their efforts to help in the Southern California fires.

The Rogue Valley Strike Team had been working in Southern California for two weeks.

They battled the Thomas Fire alongside an estimated 8,000 firefighters from across the region.

NewsWatch 12 caught up with members from Medford Fire-Rescue as they returned home Wednesday afternoon.

It’s their second time deploying out of Oregon.

They say they're glad they can help other areas when its needed most, thanks to recent agreements made between fire agencies.

Medford Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief Tom McGowan says, "Being able to share our resources it's not so impacting on one or two or three organizations in the area. A fire that size is definitely impacting. Our expanded team from Cal Fire, they needed help, they're pushing as hard as they can."

Medford Fire had its first out of state mission back in October.

That was also in California.

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