Frank de Clercq, vice president of firefighters union Local 145, said he has spoken with employees at Fire Etc., a fire equipment supply store. They’re trying to put together three reserve fire engine crews.

De Clercq said downtown San Diego is currently covered by just two units: A fire truck and a heavy equipment rescue truck.

“If they get a fire in downtown San Diego, they have no engine, no hoses, nothing,” de Clercq said.

That jives with San Diego Fire Chief Tracy Jarman’s comments just now that the city’s resources are strained. “We are stretched really thin in the city of San Diego,” Jarman said at the 10 a.m. press conference.


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