Wildfire season is upon us, and Idaho Power crews are working to face the heat with specialized equipment and training focused on safety and limiting fire-related outages.
During fire season, Idaho Power crews carry extra water, fire shelters, leather gloves and boots, firefighting hand tools, backpack water pumps and heavy-duty fire extinguishers. Field crews are required to wear fire resistant clothing year-round.
In addition to the extra equipment, Idaho Power crews maintain a supply of backup equipment to replace damaged power poles, transformers, conductor and other hardware.
Being prepared to tackle the elements limits the length of fire-related outages and protects our crews, infrastructure and customers. It’s also a big reason why the average Idaho Power customer is without power for less than two hours per year.