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Safety and Infrastructure Protection Teams

image credit: PG&E

To help protect our communities, employees, and electric infrastructure during a wildfire, PG&E deploys our tactical unit of former firefighters called the Safety and Infrastructure Protection Team or SIPT. These two-person teams perform a variety of mitigation work such as clearing vegetation and pre-treating poles with fire retardant called Phos-Chek. In this video, ride along with SIPT Crew Lead Art Gonzalez and SIPT Technician Robby Gillespie as they pre-treat hundreds of poles during the recent LNU Complex fires—reducing the risk of poles burning and collapsing, which could block access for first responders or exits for evacuees.

More information on the PG&E Vegetation Management Program can be found here: https://www.pge.com/en_US/safety/yard-safety/powerlines-and-trees/manage-trees-and-plants-near-power-lines.page

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Matt Chester's picture
Matt Chester on Nov 20, 2020

What an important job, and one that I'm sure only gets attention publicly during wildfire season but requires year round attention. Has this team had to grow or become more substantial recently as wildfire season has gotten longer and more intense ?

Dr. Amal Khashab's picture
Dr. Amal Khashab on Nov 21, 2020

It is better if you select some  interesting short videos, and attach separate link of each.

Sarah Rasheed's picture

Thank Sarah for the Post!

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