USA Firefighter Fatality Notification
The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality:
Rank: Fire Engineer
Fire Department Chief: Mark Lorenzen
Incident Location: Highway 246 at Purisima Road in Lompoc, CA
|Ventura County Fire Department LODD CAL OES Water Tender Rollover|
Credit: Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. Lompoc (KEYT)
|Fire Engineer Ryan Osler was driving a fire water tender truck that reportedly rolled over near a roundabout on Highway 246 near Purisima Road. Lompoc, CACredit: Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. Lompoc (KEYT)|
The Ventura County Fire Department said in a Twitter tweet that the firefighter died after a vehicle accident.
---------------With heavy hearts @VCFD Fire Chief announces tragic loss of Fire Engineer Ryan Osler in line of duty vehicle accident. Details to follow.— Ventura County Fire (@VCFD) September 21, 2016
The Ventura Copunty fire department said in a Facebook post that the firefighter died after a truck he was in rolled over on Purisima Road. The fire engineer, identified as Ryan Osler, was the passenger in the truck and sustained fatal injuries.
Incident reports at 6:20 a.m.: A water tender truck was traveling westbound on State Route 246, approaching a roundabout on Purisima Road. The driver ended up hitting a curb on the roundabout, causing the truck to rollover. The driver was taken to a hospital for minor injuries.
California Highway Patrol officers with the Buellton Station are investigating the crash.
Osler worked out of Fire Station 42 in Moorpark. The two firefighters in the water tender were providing help in the Canyon Fire, which ignited in a remote canyon near the Vandenberg Air Force Base on Sunday. The #CanyonFire has grown to 19 square miles and is 45 percent contained.
More than 1,000 firefighters are battling the blaze.
Voluntary evacuations were also ordered for about 400 residents in San Miguelito Canyon.
---------------------------LODD @VCFD tragic loss of Fire Engineer Ryan Osler in vehicle accident involving #CAOES WT rollover, w/ additl FF injury #CAfire— CAL FIRE NEWS (@CalFireNews) September 21, 2016
The Ventura County Fire Department (VCFD) provides fire protection and emergency response services for the unincorporated areas of Ventura County, California, and for six other cities within the county. Together, these areas compose the Ventura County Fire Protection District in the state of California, USA.
The Ventura County Board of Supervisors is the fire district's board of directors. These five elected supervisors appoint the fire chief, and task him with providing fire protection services for the district.
In addition to the unincorporated areas of Ventura County, the department currently provides the following cities with service: Camarillo, Moorpark, Ojai, Port Hueneme, Simi Valley, and Thousand Oaks.