MERRAG has been there for you!
Now we need YOUR help!

The current MERRAG van is over 15 years old. The MERRAG van is an important tool which is used as our mobile command post and communications center where our trained volunteers support our first responders.  

This campaign will allow us to replace the old van with a new Sprinter model equipped with upgraded technology, computers and communication equipment, integrated workstations, advanced mechanical and electrical features, diesel powered engine, improved onboard diesel generator, enhanced support for incident command (IC), flood/task lighting for night operations and greater mobility with fewer width or weight concerns when driving on the narrow roads of our community.

The new van is estimated to cost approximately $250,000. We currently have $50,000 towards this effort. MERRAG needs your help to raise the necessary funds to purchase this new Command and Communications vehicle.

MERRAG is a 501(c)3 organization, Tax ID 77-0339622.

Click here to make a contribution:


Contributions can also be mailed to: 
MERRAG Attn: Van Fund
595 San Ysidro Road
Santa Barbara, CA  93108

MERRAG ACTIVATIONS:

ZACA FIRE:

*Volunteers staffed the MERRAG van at the lower village on East Valley Rd. to provide daily updated information on the progression of the fire.

TEA FIRE:

*Volunteers set up Montecito Fire’s Emergency Operations Center.
*Volunteers staffed the MERRAG van to assist with fire equipment check-in the evening of the fire.
*Volunteers assisted with traffic control and staffed evacuation control points.
*Volunteers staffed phone lines at Montecito Fire to provide information relating to re-entry for property owners and property status, and assisted with information dissemination.

JESUSITA FIRE:

*Volunteers set up Montecito Fire’s Emergency Operations Center.
*Volunteers staffed the MERRAG van at the lower village, providing daily updated information on the progression of the fire.
*Volunteers assisted with traffic control and staffed evacuation control points.

GIBRALTAR FIRE:

*Volunteers set up Montecito Fire’s Emergency Operations Center.
*Volunteers staffed trail heads, keeping community informed of closures and fire progression.
*MERRAG barricades were pre-positioned for potential evacuations.

Any contribution will help us reach our goal! Thank you for your consideration. If you have questions, please feel free to call 805-969-2537.

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