Keep Your Property Safe During Wildfire Season

Keep Your Property Safe During Wildfire Season

Clear the Area Around Your Home of Anything That Will Burn

Did you know that yard work can help protect your property from wildfire?

Take part in National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 5. Clear your property of dried leaves, branches, and other items that may fuel a wildfire.

Minimize damage and prevent losses with these landscaping recommendations from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Clear leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches, and decks.
  • Remove flammable items within 30 feet of all structures including firewood piles, portable propane tanks and dry and dead vegetation.
  • Prune trees, so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet from the ground.
  • Keep your lawn watered and maintained. If it is brown, cut it down to reduce fire intensity. Dry grass and shrubs are fuel for a wildfire.
  • Do not let debris and lawn cuttings linger. Dispose of these items quickly to reduce fuel for a fire.

Visit the U.S. Fire Administration’s Wildfire Safety page or download the How to Prepare for a Wildfire guide to learn more.

DART Recognized in National Volunteer Week

The Thousand Oaks Police Department and Ventura County Sheriff’s Office celebrate our law enforcement volunteer programs during National Volunteer Week. The Thousand Oaks Police Station is home to a variety of volunteer programs that dedicate a number of important services to the community.

Volunteer programs such as Volunteers in Policing (VIP), Law Enforcement Explorer Post #2933, Thousand Oaks Disaster Assistance Response Team, Sheriff’s Search and Rescue East County Team, and Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) provide tremendous support to patrol deputies, detectives and professional staff.

In 2018, over 31,000 hours of service were completed by our volunteers who are assig ned to the Thousand Oaks patrol station. These contributions allow us to better serve our community, especially in emergencies and natural disasters. Providing support for a rescue, directing traffic, providing support at command posts during wildfires and major events, writing police reports, or even spending time working with at-risk youth in the community are just a few of the many crucial assignments volunteers do to serve the community. Thank you to ALL volunteers as we recognize their tremendous work during National Volunteer Week.

For more information on how to become a volunteer for the Thousand Oaks Patrol Station, visit:
Ventura County ARES:

VIP, DART, Law Enforcement Explorers:

Ventura County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue:

Prepared by: Captain Don Aguilar
News Release Date: April 10, 2019

Approved by: Commander Tim Hagel

Sheriff Ayub Visits DART


March 31, 2019

Moorpark, CA:  Sheriff Bill Ayub makes special visit to DART first aid booth on Sunday  March 31, 2019 at the Persian New Year Celebration. 10,000 participants were expected at the annual Spring conclave. This year Arroyo Vista Community Parrk in Moorpark was the site and the Thousand Oaks DART team was deployed to provide first aid services throughput the event. Members conducted regular foot patrols to provide urgent service as needed and to keep an eye on safety hazards given the many barbecues in-use.

Wildwood Trail Run


Sometimes waking up at 0400 isn’t all that miserable. We couldn’t complain as we were gifted to a beautiful Saturday sunrise in the majestic hills of Wildwood.

The rest, was short lived, as the race began and we were soon greeted with trail runners from all over the city.

Luckily we had few accidents other than the occasional pulled muscle or twisted ankle. 6 hours of hard work later, we packed up both medical stations, and were home by noon.

Thank you CRPD for inviting us and well see you next year!

Thousand Oaks Public Safety Day

Thanks to the office of Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin, the City of Thousand Oaks and DART prepares the public for the inevitable.

Three of our newest DART members deployed to City hall for this wonderful event and educated the public on disaster preparedness and basic household knowledge that is often overlooked such as how to turn off the gas, electricity and water to home.

Demonstrations of how to create your own ‘go bag’ were held as well as literature distributed about what you can do to be a step ahead when things go wrong!

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