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Wi-Fi Delivers Critical Communications for California Firefighters and Evacuees

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Ruckus Donates to Wildfire

The infamous Camp Fire – which broke out on November 8, 2018, in Butte County – is considered both the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. During its 17-day rampage, the northern California fire killed 86 people and destroyed 18,804 structures, leaving thousands of people homeless. The southern California Woolsey Fire, which ignited on the same day, burned 96,949 acres of land, killed three people and destroyed 1,643 structures.

With deadly fires raging in both northern and southern California, firefighters, law enforcement officials and volunteers battled around the clock to save lives and property. One volunteer organization, known as the Information Technology Disaster Resource Center (ITDRC), rapidly deployed its mobile field networks and teams of technical volunteers to establish reliable wireless network connectivity for firefighters, aid groups and evacuees. Ruckus, an active ITDRC partner, donated and helped install wireless access points (APs), switches and controllers across multiple sites hosting fire relief efforts across northern and southern California.

Ruckus Delivers Wi-Fi for Fire Evacuees

“Donated equipment from [our] Ruckus partners allowed us to increase capacity and coverage at several sites in California supporting relief efforts related to the Camp Fire and Woolsey Fire,” ITRDC co-founder Chris Hillis stated. “The additional outdoor access points we have received [were] key in covering large fairgrounds where displaced survivors and other relief organizations [were] operating.”

Together with ITDRC, Ruckus continues to participate in disaster relief work by donating wired and wireless network equipment. More specifically, their ‘modularized kits’ stand ready for rapid deployment during times of disaster. These ruggedized kits contain a range of Ruckus networking equipment including indoor and outdoor access points, PTP bridges to deliver connectivity and easy access to their remote management vSZ platform. 

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