California Army National Guard

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.

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.