Donated Fire Rescue Equipment Finds New Purpose

Donated Fire Rescue Equipment Finds New Purpose

With San Onofre nuclear plant being decommissioned, fire station’s equipment and vehicles are being donated

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station firefighters trained frequently on specialized search and rescue operations at the plant.

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station firefighters lower a mannequin during a search and rescue training operation at the plant.

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station firefighters trained frequently for specialized search and rescue operations such as lowering trapped victims.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 11:30am

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For more than 30 years, Bob Koop has worked as a firefighter at Southern California Edison’s (SCE) San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). Across the street is where it all began for him — fire station 7 on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

In 1983, Koop left the Marine firefighters to join the San Onofre nuclear plant’s station. Now, with the nuclear plant being decommissioned, some of the fire station equipment and vehicles are finding new homes at Camp Pendleton

“It’s been a great ride, but saying goodbye to our brothers here at SONGS has been tough,” Koop said. “We take comfort in seeing the equipment we touched and trained with will continue making a difference in the community.”

The San Onofre nuclear plant’s fire crew was critical in maintaining safe operations at the plant, including overseeing maintenance work such as welding operations. The crew also provided emergency support for traffic accidents and medical aid in nearby areas, with each firefighter certified in rescue operations.

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