Release: October 2002
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Skywalker Ranch Fire Brigade
Engine Co. 1589
The Skywalker Ranch Fire Brigade was officially organized July 15, 1985 to
protect Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, California.
Skywalker Ranch is a film and television facility owned by filmmaker George
Lucas' company Lucasfilm Ltd. Development began in 1980 in a rural area called
Nicasio. While the Marin County Fire Department is the legal fire authority for
the area, the remote location and lengthy response times from the nearest County
station required supplementing services with a private fire brigade.
Prior to 1985, fire equipment at the location consisted of three used fire
pickups with skid mount pumps and tanks, operating out of a barn. Ranch
construction employees served as volunteer firefighters working with the County
FD and the local Nicasio Volunteer FD. As the facility grew, a higher level of
service was required. In 1985, the brigade was officially organized under
Fed-OSHA regulations for private fire brigades. Full-time staff were hired, who
also provide security and safety services.
Today the brigade consists of twelve full-time staff along with some volunteer
firefighters. Minimum staffing is a two-person engine company. All personnel are
California State certified firefighters and EMT-D's. Captains are fire officer
certified. Engine Co. 1589 is a 1985 Pierce Dash/1500gpm/750 gallon tank CA Type
1. A four-wheel drive, 400gpm/500 gallon tank CA Type III wildland engine was
added in 1989, built by Pierce on an International chassis. In 1991, a new fire
station was completed that includes the nerve center of computer-based alarm and
CCTV monitoring systems.
In addition to protecting Skywalker Ranch and neighboring company property
totaling over 6,000 acres, the brigade is an active member of the Marin County
Fire Mutual Aid program. They are proud of a close working relationship with the
County FD and the Nicasio VFD, and often train together. Mutual aid responses in
the local area have included the Oakland firestorm in 1991 that consumed over
3,000 homes, and the Vision Fire in Inverness in 1995 that destroyed 48 homes.
Skywalker's engine and personnel were credited with "one of the most amazing
saves of a home" at the Vision Fire by the incident commander, working with
other members of a local strike team.
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