Community Involvement, Firefighters

NKSP jumps into action to assist crews fighting Windy, Complex Fires

NKSP prison staff and a fire engine with supplies to donate.
NKSP staff gathered over $2,000 worth of supplies to help crews fighting two large fires.

Firefighters battling two large fires received some much needed help from staff at North Kern State Prison (NKSP).

The Complex Fire has reached 48,344 acres and 8% containment. The Windy Fire reached 87,901 acres and is 25% contained.

Chief Nurse Executive Kimberly Thomas, a Tulare County native, began the initiative to gather donations for the department.

“After hearing it on the news and seeing how it was raining ash due to the fires so close to home, I knew something had to be done to help our brave men and women,” she said.

In one week’s time, North Kern State Prison staff collected over $2,000 dollars of nonperishables, water, Gatorade, snacks, hygiene products and other items to help our firefighters. Additionally, three NKSP firefighters were deployed to the Windy Fire.

“We want to thank and support our brave men and women at the Tulare Fire Department and to all of those assisting them. They are risking their lives to help fight the Complex and Windy Fires. From all of us at North Kern State Prison, thank you for your faithful service, courage, and bravery,” said Warden Santoro.

The donation was delivered September 29.

By Joseph Lopez, Community Resources Manager.

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