Rapid Extraction Modules (REM's) are small teams (3-6 people) of local firefighteres from urban areas trained in Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) and strategically deployed in Class 1 wildland fires. Developed in the Klamath/Trinity Alps region, where 37 firefighters lost their life over a number of years, REM's are used as a last ditch effort to rescue injured firefighters in difficult terrain, where no other method of extraction is possible. The program, just three years old, is expanding as municipalities around California start their own REM teams for deployment to fires throughout the State.
Miguel Gonzalez of Orange City Fire poses for a portrait. He is currently deployed with REM1 on the Rough Fire near Squaw Valley, CA.
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