LA HABRA HEIGHTS – George Edwards knows all about fires. He’s been in them taking pictures as a television cameraman since 1982.Now as a La Habra Heights resident, he’s still concerned about fires. Only, he’s not taking pictures, but is making plans to fight them.Edwards, 37, and his wife, Julie, 43, acquired their own firetruck – an attachment with a 110-gallon container, hose and high-pressure pump to a tractor. It’s the equivalent of a class 7 standard firetruck, he said.They also installed two hydrants – one above the house and another below it – and widened their driveway on the 1.5-acre property on Fullerton Road.They figure they can get water on a fire within 30 seconds.“I’ve been in my share of forest fires,” he said. “We consider ourselves vulnerable. If we want to sleep well and give ourselves a fighting chance, we don’t have to necessarily take up arms, but take up hoses.”Former La Habra Heights fire Chief Robert Wilson, also a 35-year veteran on the Santa Fe Springs Fire Department, said he’s not sure if what the Edwards are doing is necessary.But it doesn’t hurt, Wilson said.“Any type of fire protection is good,” he said. “I can’t criticize anything.”And the sooner one starts to fight a fire, the better, he said.“A fire doubles in size every minute that it goes unextinguished,” Wilson said.The Edwards family purchased their house in June 2002 and soon found out they had fire issues.There was dense brush around the house and it needed to be cleared away.They also were nervous about the distance the city’s fire station is from their house.While they live near Harbor Boulevard, the fire station is a couple of miles away on Hacienda Road.When they heard the station was going to be moved north, the Edwards family became even more nervous. Most of the fire trucks go south to Whittier Boulevard and then back up on Harbor Boulevard.“The fire station \ in our judgment is 15 minutes away,” he said.La Habra Heights fire Chief John Nielsen disputes the 15-minute figure, saying firetrucks can get their sooner by using East Road.“There’s no place in the city we can’t reach in seven minutes,” Nielsen said.Still, last summer the Edwards purchased the different parts of their fire attachment, putting it together themselves at a cost of about $4,000.The Edwards also have practiced using the hose as part of their plan that starts with calling 9-1-1. Their plan calls for the two to drive their rig to the fire. Then Julie Edwards takes the hose, pouring water on it while her husband attaches a hose to the hydrant. He then will take over the hose.They try to hold off the fire until the Fire Department shows up, he said.“We’re not trying to replace the Fire Department,” he said. “We just saw the need to protect ourselves.”George Edwards said he has no intention of getting too close to any fire that would place he or his wife in danger. [email protected](562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!