SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department will have an extra helicopter crew on duty as temperatures skyrocket this weekend and more personnel to respond to wildfires.
Fire Chief Brian Fennessy has ordered SDFRD's second helicopter to be available during the upcoming heat wave. It was to be put into use full-time starting next month, but officials moved the date up due to anticipated high temperatures and dry fuel conditions increasing the risk of fires, according to a statement from the SDFRD.
Fire officials expect an increase in the number of rescues.
Five additional brush engine crews and a battalion chief will also be on hand.