CAMARILLO, Calif. - Ventura County swift water rescue teams are ready and waiting for the call to help in Northern California.
Some 200,000 people have been evacuated because of the dangerous situation playing out at Oroville Dam.
The Ventura County Fire Department mobilized a 14-member swift water rescue crew late Sunday night when the state requested assistance. The urgency in Oroville would calm down before they made it and the crew turned around. They arrived back in Ventura Monday afternoon.
“This is unique,” Capt. Bob Schuett said. “Simply because it is a state response and that doesn’t happen often. It has only happened twice in my career in the last 20 years.”
Although they were called back, the 14-member team is ready to go at a moments notice if things in Oroville require their assistance.