Inside Aera
Community Mar 15, 2018

Aera provides update on Thomas Fire response to Ventura Westside Community Council

VENTURA – Aera Energy employees shared how the company responded to the Thomas Fire during a March 7 meeting of the Westside Community Council – a group that works to build better and safer neighborhoods in western Ventura.

Aera Energy’s Ron Henry provides an update to the company’s response to protect its Ventura neighbors in the wake of last year’s Thomas Fire.

Ron Henry, a manager at the Ventura field, presented information about how Aera positioned itself to deal with the massive fire that impacted the company’s operations for nearly a week. More than a dozen Aera employees and contractors were on hand for the meeting.

“We wanted to summarize the work done during the event and the efforts post-fire to provide for the safety of our neighbors who live and work near our operations,” said Michele Newell, Aera’s public affairs representative in Ventura. “Our employees have done a lot to support Ventura’s recovery.”

Henry shared that Aera:

  • Had employees available 24 hours a day during the fire to help;
  • Provided assistance to fire crews who had to enter the property to fight the fire;
  • Had five water trucks and two vacuum trucks to help douse hot spots;
  • Provided food and water for the firefighters;
  • Aera and its employees have been active in the community recovery efforts;

Later in the meeting, a representative from the Ventura Police Foundation spoke and praised of Aera for its backing of the Westpark Community Center and its long-time support of the Ventura Police Activities League.

The Westside Community Council meets at 6:30 p.m., the first Wednesday of each month at the Janet Addison Community Room, Bell Arts Factory, 432 North Ventura Ave. For more information about the group visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/VenturaWestside/