As part of overall emergency response planning,
HROA employees and some owners offer volunteer assistance during
emergencies. Instructed by HR owner Scott Coffman, retired Battalion Chief, for the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District, the volunteers have participated in vigorous
training exercises to prepare for the possible wildfires that periodically
plague California in the summer months. Volunteers are also instructed
in other emergency response procedures. It is strenuous work and
participation demonstrates the community spirit at Hollister Ranch.
Critical in the first moments of a fire, the volunteers
are first responders who provide what is essentially a holding pattern
until the professional county personnel from Station 18 in Gaviota,
and often from elsewhere as well, arrive. At that point the Hollister
Ranch responders offer assistance to the professionals.
Over the years Hollister Ranch has endured a few fires
ranging from small to moderate. As a result of training, education
and proper clearance around home sites there have been no injuries,
and no structures have yet been lost.