Lakeside resident equips truck for fire fight

Posted at 7:04 PM, Jul 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-18 22:09:17-04

LAKESIDE, Calif. (KGTV) - Some East County residents are taking up the fire fight by getting creative with their vehicles.

Recently, Jim West - a general contractor and Lakeside resident - bought a 210-gallon water tank and connected it to a water pump and some hose in the back of his truck. 

He calls it his “fire suppression truck.” Concerned by a recent spate of wildfires caused by catalytic converters, west wanted a way to stop a small fire if he saw one of the roadsides.

West is hardly alone.

On the East County Brushfire Partyline Facebook page, a growing number of residents have recently vowed to do their part, to buy shovels, rakes and fire extinguishers for their cars, just in case.

West says he spent about $600 to equip his fire suppression truck.

CalFire tells us they don't advocate anyone putting themselves in harm's way and not calling 911, but a spokesperson says it's always good to be proactive and fire ready.