News Release

Verizon Wireless Aids Firefighters At Zaca Creek Fire In California

Wireless repeater helps emergency crews in Santa Barbara County stay connected

July 10, 2007

Heidi Flato

Verizon Wireless is operating a cell site repeater to enhance coverage at the base camp for crews battling the Zaca Creek Fire in the San Rafael Wilderness area. The installation was complete within 24 hours of a call from the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

Repeater deployed on July 11, 2007

Members of the news media may contact Heidi at 480-763-6321 for further details.

Verizon Wireless maintains a fleet of generators, mobile Cells on Wheels (COWs), Cells on Light Trucks (COLTs) and repeaters to assist during emergencies by either enhancing existing coverage or establishing a wireless network where none had previously been operating. When linked to the company's network the COWs, COLTs and repeaters can handle thousands of wireless calls per hour and create a wireless network spanning miles of burning acreage.

Network Investment:
Verizon Wireless has invested more than four billion dollars in its wireless network in California over the past six years.

In addition to its fleet of mobile equipment, Verizon Wireless' nationwide network reliability is supported by industry-leading redundancy and maintenance measures. This has proven particularly valuable during natural disasters and other emergencies.

Standard Verizon Wireless network-reliability features include battery back-up power at all facilities as well as generators installed at all switching facilities and many cell site locations.

B-roll available:
B-roll and high-quality still photographs of Verizon Wireless' fleet of COLTs can be found at