Utility / Construction
What kind of equipment should a fire watch position have?bwi2021-06-25T13:26:16+00:00
- This can depend on the area where the project is and the PAL levels. Best Practice recommendations are:
- Minimum of 150 gallons of water on site, with pump and hose.
- Round Point Shovel
- 5 Gallon backpack pump
- Fully charged Fire Extinguisher
- Dedicated Fire Patrol personnel
Do you go through environmental/archaeological training?bwi2021-06-25T13:27:39+00:00
- Many of our customers require WEAP (Worker Environmental Awareness Program) training at the start of every project, and throughout its duration. This training provides our employees the important information relative to the environment and/or cultural artifacts within and around the project area. For example, the protected wildlife species or protected plant species around the area are discussed so that our employees can work safely.
Can you help us write our fire plan?bwi2021-06-25T13:29:10+00:00
- Yes, we’re very familiar with writing fire plans that address your mitigation, prevention and suppression efforts.
Can hiring Capstone help our insurance rates?bwi2021-06-25T13:56:33+00:00
- This varies from carrier to carrier. Check with your insurance provider to see if having a 24/7 standby fire resource will help reduce your insurance premiums costs.
Are you familiar with working within the National Forests located in California?bwi2021-06-25T13:57:29+00:00
- Yes, we support many of our clients projects located within or adjacent to National Forest land.
What is a Project Activity Level?bwi2021-06-25T13:58:48+00:00
- Project Activity Levels are determined by the National Forests. They specifically dictate what types of work and suppression efforts are needed to continue working safely during elevated weather conditions in the National Forests.
What is a variance?bwi2021-06-25T13:59:34+00:00
- Variances can be obtained by submitting a variance form to the responsible jurisdiction. Upon submission, the USFS Fire Chief will review and may grant a variance after review of multiple factors and criteria involved.
What CA regulations govern utility projects requiring fire mitigation efforts?bwi2021-06-25T14:02:19+00:00
- California Public Resources Code, Sec. 4428
- No person, except any member of an emergency crew or except the driver or owner of any service vehicle owned or operated by or for, or operated under contract with, a publicly or privately owned utility, which is used in the construction, operation, removal, or repair of the property or facilities of such utility when engaged in emergency operations, shall use or operate any vehicle, machine, tool or equipment powered by an internal combustion engine operated on hydrocarbon fuels, in any industrial operation located on or near any forest, brush, or grass-covered land between April 1 and December 1 of any year, or at any other time when ground litter and vegetation will sustain combustion permitting the spread of fire, without providing and maintaining, for firefighting purposes only, suitable and serviceable tools in the amounts, manner and location prescribed in this section.
- (a) On any such operation a sealed box of tools shall be located, within the operating area, at a point accessible in the event of fire. This fire toolbox shall contain: one backpack pump-type fire extinguisher filled with water, two axes, two McLeod fire tools, and a sufficient number of shovels so that each employee at the operation can be equipped to fight fire.
- (b) One or more serviceable chainsaws of three and one-half or more horsepower with a cutting bar 20 inches in length or longer shall be immediately available within the operating area, or, in the alternative, a full set of timber-felling tools shall be located in the fire toolbox, including one crosscut falling saw six feet in length, one double-bit ax with a 36-inch handle, one sledge hammer or maul with a head weight of six, or more, pounds and handle length of 32 inches, or more, and not less than two falling wedges.
- (c) Each rail speeder and passenger vehicle, used on such operation shall be equipped with one shovel and one ax, and any other vehicle used on the operation shall be equipped with one shovel. Each tractor used in such operation shall be equipped with one shovel.
- (d) As used in this section:
- (1) “Vehicle” means a device by which any person or property may be propelled, moved, or drawn over any land surface, excepting a device moved by human power or used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks.
- (2) “Passenger vehicle” means a vehicle which is self-propelled and which is designed for carrying not more than 10 persons including the driver, and which is used or maintained for the transportation of persons, but does not include any motortruck or truck tractor.
Insurance / Retained Engine Programs
What does California Senate bill AB-2380 require of Private Fire Resources?bwi2021-06-25T15:49:11+00:00 Do you provide services for individuals private homeowners?bwi2021-06-25T15:50:16+00:00
- We do not normally provide a private homeowner with an engine and personnel as a resource during a wildfire emergency; however, it is considered on a case-by-case basis.
Do you provide services for Insurance or Commercial Assets?bwi2021-06-25T15:51:38+00:00
- We do have a program that allows for engine(s) to be retained throughout the wildfire season. Certain parameters must be met and contracts must be in place prior to the wildfire season starting.
If my insurance company hires Capstone, what would Capstone do if they were assigned to my house during a Fire?bwi2021-06-25T15:52:42+00:00
- Upon dispatch from your Insurance carrier we are hired to perform the following tasks:
- Assess and triage your property.
- Take photos and document property condition in accordance with Insurance carrier requirements.
- Take immediate mitigation efforts by wetting down wood piles, pulling outdoor patio cushions, removing propane tanks, and light vegetation removal to assist with defensible space.
- If property is in imminent danger, they would apply a foam, gel or long-term retardant product.
What is the difference between a gel, foam, and long-term fire retardant?bwi2021-06-25T15:54:35+00:00
- Gel and /or foam is usually applied directly to a structure. It’s efficacy usually lasts 2-48 hours depending on weather and fire conditions.
- Long Term Fire Retardant is usually applied to vegetation to create a 20’ – 50’ perimeter around the structure and ingress / egress areas may also be treated. It’s efficacy usually lasts 4-6 months or upon receiving 1/2“ of rain or more.
Would Capstone cut down my trees?bwi2021-06-25T15:56:04+00:00
- No, we do not cut down trees. We may remove limbs as an effort of mitigation for defensible space.
Would the local fire department still come to my house during a fire if Capstone was already there?bwi2021-06-25T15:56:38+00:00
- Yes, local authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) is the primary responder during the incident.
Can Capstone use the water in my pool?bwi2021-06-25T15:57:22+00:00
- Yes, Capstone engines are capable of drafting water from a pool, a pond, or a reservoir for use if necessary.
As a home owner, what is the best steps I can take to prepare for fire season?bwi2021-06-25T16:53:45+00:00
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