Safety and Infrastructure Protection Teams
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- Nov 20, 2020 10:24 pm GMTNov 20, 2020 5:53 pm GMT
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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