Pacific Watch: Illegal (Homeless) Camping vs Private (Mansion) Firefighters. @JeffBliss1

Dec 13, 2017, 05:13 AM

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Pacific Watch: Illegal (Homeless) Camping vs Private (Mansion) Firefighters. @JeffBliss1

As wildfires rage throughout Southern California, insurance companies are sending in private firefighters to protect homes of the wealthy. This adds to the trend of high-end insurance carriers offering firefighting services to ZIP codes or states prone to wildfires.

In the video above, we follow a private fire crew working to protect homes from the Thomas wildfires outside of Ventura, Calif.

The private firefighters carry water in their trucks but aim to reach homes before the fire does. They will clear combustible items away from a property and can spray houses with fire retardants.

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State fire officials won’t allow private fire crews into areas under an evacuation order and want to make sure the units don’t slow down public firefighters.

Consumer advocates say these programs create a two-tier system that favors the wealthy.

In the video above, we follow a private fire crew working to protect homes from the Thomas wildfires outside of Ventura, Calif.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/insurance-carriers-are-offering-firefighting-services-in-tony-zip-codes-prone-to-fire-1513095973?mod=e2fb