Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS) is supporting firefighters
and fire personnel on the Soberanes Fire in Big Sur. SVMHS is planning
a third delivery today of medical supplies and personal care items to
the Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) at the Toro Park Command Center.
“We are providing some much needed supplies to the firefighters protecting
our community,” says Pete Delgado, President/CEO of Salinas Valley
Memorial Healthcare System.“All of us are grateful for the work
they are doing to contain the fire and protect homes and property. The
donations allow us to say thank you in a meaningful way.”
SVMHS asked Command Center leadership where the organization could lend
support and make an impact. The Medical Emergency Response Team expressed
a need for a variety of items including poison oak treatments, Calamine
lotion, Tecnu Calagel, bath wipes, sunscreen, toothbrushes and toothpaste.
Firefighters seeking medical attention are also receiving expedited physician
care at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Emergency Room and Doctors on
Duty Clinics, owned in part by SVMHS.
In addition to the bulk donations SVMHS has made to MERT, employees of
Salinas Valley Memorial are responding to requests by firefighters stationed
at locations other than the Toro Park Command Center. Employees have a
list of specific needs and are utilizing donation barrels SVMHS set up
in the hospital cafeteria. Delivery of those items will take place next week.
The Soberanes Fire north of Big Sur began on July 22. CalFire reports it
has burned 51,000 acres and is 27 percent contained as of this morning.
Learn more about air quality and the impact of the fire at