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Published on August 26, 2020

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula donates $75,000 and supplies to six local agencies for firefighting and recovery efforts

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MONTEREY, Calif. — Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula and its parent company, Montage Health, announced today the donation of $75,000 to firefighting and recovery efforts for the River, Carmel, and Dolan fires in Monterey County.

The three fires in Monterey County, burning since Sunday, August 16, have burned more than 75,516 acres and 103 homes, thus far. In addition, numerous firefighters and at least 20 community members have been treated by Community Hospital for fire-related injuries and illness.

Community Hospital donated funds on Monday, August 24 to six local organizations that have been critical to the firefighting and recovery efforts and that are in great need of funding to continue that work:

$25,000 to Red Cross Central Coast chapter, Monterey County fire disaster relief fund. The Red Cross Central Coast provides 24-hour emergency assistance to people affected by fires, floods, and other disasters.

$10,000 to Carmel Valley Village Fire Station. The Carmel Valley Village Fire Station is part of the Monterey County Fire Protection District and provides fire protection and emergency services to the Carmel Valley.

$10,000 to Cachagua Volunteer Fire Department. Cachagua Fire provides fire suppression and emergency medical services to the rural and mountainous areas at the eastern end of Carmel Valley, known as the Cachagua area. 

$10,000 to Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade. The Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade provides fire protection and emergency services to the Big Sur area.

$10,000 to Mid-Coast Fire Brigade. The Mid-Coast Fire Brigade is comprised of community members who volunteer their time to provide firefighting, disaster relief, and emergency services to the Big Sur area.

$10,000 to SPCA Monterey County Fire Relief. The SPCA responds to rescue, evacuate, and shelter pets from fires and other emergencies.

In addition to the funds donated, Community Hospital sent staff to the Dolan Fire to help firefighters with more than $1,400 of medications and care for severe poison oak exposure.

“Our staff, doctors, and community members have been affected by the multiple fires in Monterey County over the past weeks,” said Dr. Steven Packer, president/CEO of Montage Health and Community Hospital. “We are proud of how our community stepped up to help others in need, and we wanted to support some of the local organizations that were a part of that effort.”

“We hope for everyone’s safety as these fires continue and encourage all community members to stay prepared, as fire season has just begun.”

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula has set up helpful resources online for emergency preparedness and keeping safe during a wildfire. Visit www.chomp.org/wildfire and www.chomp.org/emergency-preparedness

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