Mobile home park manager criticizes firefighters

Feb 20, 2013 Full story: KESQ-TV Palm Desert

In the wake of a fire at the Carefree Mobile Home Park in the North Palm Springs area, the manager of the park is questioning how the Riverside County Fire Department fought the fire.

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Mercedes Fernandez

Pasadena, CA

#1 Feb 23, 2013
I said the truth about the Fire Departments performance. I'm saying it as a bystander obeserving them perform out their duties. I feel very let down by the Fire Department Chief. As a tax payer I and an observer of this incident from the time that it started untill it ended, it was more trajic then it should have been. They were in fact called out to this emergency from an out o state Fire Chife. I was really taken back by the active Fire Chief comment that this trajity happen due to lack of fir hydrants. This trajity was as big as it was and led to the number of homes lost due to their inability to be prepared. The Chife lack of prepartion and going in with enough resourses increased this trajity. I have a video of most of the fire scene and I will release it when the ivestigation is concluded by the insurances. This video will be given to the insurances. I'm not a firefighter but I do have common sence and I know that they did not come in prepared, nor did they do all they could haave done to have saved 2 of these homes. Space 42 and 43 were going to lost regaldless. The wind was going 50-60 miles to the East, yet a few homes on the opposite side were burned and sustained substatial damage. The Cheif is wrong and is not goping to admitt that there were 2 fire hydrants within a close range that they could have immidately hooked up to and came in prepared. This is not the end of this and will only be the begining as to this poor action taken by the fire deparment that actually looked like they were in a training excersie. If that was the case, they failed and led to greater trajities. When I release this video the people can then view and decide on their own if enough action was taken by our Fire Department to save a home that was not even on fire when they arrived. They were ill prepared and the Chife was just all over the place. Knowin that I was speaking with him and that I was the manager, he didn't ask me if the gas had been shut off. He didn't ask me anything that could have helped him make a competant decision in his guys coming and out of these homes. The gas was shut off to spaace 42. We did not get a chance to shut off space 43, 41 and 40 simply because when the fire department arrived it was very quick. In my mind I thought their here and the fire will be put out and will not spread. What led to this video that I made was because they because they did their hose extending and their planning. But from 5 minutes it went to 10 then to 15 and no water on space42 yet, so I asked why no water was being put on the homes. Then water came to space 42 and 43 from them. The wind was very strong and blowing to the East. So much happen this day. I am deeply saden that the homeowners from space 42 lost their dog Ginger. Between Freddy, my brother, my husband and I we tried to rescue the dog. My husband shut off the gas and the fire department arribved very quickly. Space 42 was not fully engolfed with fire yet. It took some time for the fire to spread to the outside of the home. I am grateful for the fire department services, but, not for this action that they failed on. These guys are paid by us as tax payers and they let me down in saving space 41 and preventing damages to space 40. The Chief again was not even precautious in asking me if the gas was off. The gas from space 41 was still on and after a while in flames it caused an explosion and endanger everyone around, including myself that I was standing not to far and in the video I took this happens and I yell at everyone to move back and I myself move farther. This is simply the begining of an investigation on their actions and this video will be released to the public to form public opinion on the matter.

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