VCFD Fire Engineer Killed in Line of Duty

Photo courtesy: Ventura County FD

Santa Barbara Co, CA – An 18-year veteran of the Ventura County Fire Department died Wednesday after his truck rolled over on the way to a fire.

38 year-old Fire Engineer Ryan Osler of Santa Clarita, was a passenger inside a water tender headed west on State Route 246 near Lompoc in Santa Barbara County when around 6:30 a.m. the truck approached a roundabout at Purisima Road, and for unknown reasons, the driver hit a curb and the vehicle overturned, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Osler and the driver – who suffered minor injuries – were headed up to Vandenberg Air Force Base to help with fighting the Canyon Fire.

Jules Griggs, President, and CEO of Safety Unlimited, Inc., parent company of SUN News said: “Ryan was a great guy.  He always had a smile on his face and was simply a pleasure to be around.  My prayers are with his immediate family as well as his extended firefighting family during these extremely difficult times.”

Griggs added: “This tragic event amplifies the dangers the firefighters face each and every day in such a hazardous profession while trying to protect and serve the community.”

Osler started as a member of the Ventura County Fire Handcrew in 1998 and he was hired as trainee firefighter in 2006 before being promoted after six years of service. His promotion was to be fire engineer at Fire Station 42 in Moorpark.

He is survived by his wife and two children.