San Marcos Fire Chief Les Stephens honored air traffic controllers Jeff Wilson and Tim Dinnean for their actions during the Sept. 24-26 wildfire in the 2000 block of Post Road.
The fire, which burned about 25 acres and threatened livestock and 50 homes, was extinguished via a multi-agency response that involved dozens of personnel, several fire engines, three bulldozers and at least five types of aircraft (including a DC-10). Two homes and about six people were evacuated due to the fires.
“Your relay of a pilot’s report of a large smoke plume in the area of Post Road to the 9-1-1 dispatchers set off a chain of events that saved lives and homes,” said Stephens in a letter to Dinnean and Wilson.
Pilot and downtown businessman Scott Gregson spotted the fire.Email | Print
It’s beautiful to hear good news about air traffic controllers doing well on the job and going beyond the call of duty. We hear about a lot of errors made by controllers these days but not too many being honored for their excellent work. Job well done Jeff Wilson & Tim Dinnean!! You are to be commended.
Thank you to Scott Gregson for alerting the air traffic controllers.