California Army National Guard

Central Coast
6:23 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

National guard troops arrive at Camp Roberts for intensive wildfire training

Smoke and flames from the Oregon Gulch Fire burning along the California-Oregon border.
Credit Dennis Lee, ODF

Roughly 240 members of the California National Guard arrived at Camp Roberts Monday to being four days of intensive training on line-crew firefighting.

The guard supports the state's fire suppression efforts on an annual basis but not since 2007 has the need been great enough to warrant this level of training, said Captain Kara Siepmann.

"So that's about two days of classroom and two days in the field wearing their full protective equipment that Cal Fire issues them, and then they're ready to be deployed should the fire spark large enough to need them," said Siepmann.

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San Luis Obispo County
9:01 am
Thu June 12, 2014

California Guardsman dies from cardiac arrest after training exercise

A training exercise at Camp Roberts back in 2012
Credit California Army National Guard

A staff sergeant with the California Army National Guard died following symptoms of a heart attack that came on during a training exercise Wednesday at Camp Roberts in San Luis Obispo County.

Forty-one-year-old Raul Escobedo was with the Guard’s 40th Infantry Division and was pronounced dead at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo Wednesday night.

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