CAPS Media documenting Thomas Fire stories

Everyone in our community celebrates the extraordinarily courageous efforts of thousands of fire fighters, law enforcement personnel and other first responders who have tirelessly battled the devastating Thomas Fire for weeks. At CAPS Media we are planning to document this once-in-a-lifetime tragedy by working with Ventura City Fire and Police departments, County Fire and Sheriff departments and other first responders to develop a multi-media documentary project that captures the remarkable stories of heroism, sacrifice, tragedy and healing surrounding the Thomas Fire.

The comprehensive Thomas Fire Stories project is a collaboration with the Museum of Ventura County, the San Buenaventura Conservancy, ECTV, other agencies and most importantly the public. Everyone in the community is encouraged to join us by sharing their personal stories. CAPS Media is dedicating extensive resources to the undertaking including staff professional expertise, equipment, studio facilities with distribution on television, radio and the internet. There are hundreds of individual and extraordinary Thomas Fire Stories to share, remember and celebrate.

Throughout next few months CAPS Media will record interviews with Thomas Fire first responders, officials, and the public impacted by the tragedy for inclusion in the documentary project and for broadcast on CAPS Television and Radio. We invite everyone to help us remember and document our common experience.

CAPS Media has set up an easy process for the public to share stories and media for the historic project. Simply go to the CAPS Media website homepage at Find the Thomas Fires Stories image, click on the Read More arrow in the lower right corner. The page presents more details on the project and step-by-step instructions on how to contribute photos, video and other media.

If you have a story to tell or a tribute or thank you to share, send an email to or call the CAPS Media Center at 805.658.0500.

CAPS Media produced the first in an ongoing series of community updates from the Ventura Police Department. Hosted by Ashley Bautista, VPD Civic Engagement Specialist, the series includes weekly crime statistics, public awareness tips and other information vital to the community. The reports are posted on Ventura City and Police websites and social media, and air and stream on CAPS Channel 6 & 15 throughout the day and on CAPS Radio KPPQ 104.5 FM.

2017 has been a remarkable year. CAPS Radio KPPQ 104.1FM took off in February and has rapidly become a wildly popular platform and voice for the public. The El Camino High School ECTV program continued to produce outstanding and award winning programming and develop highly skilled and talented media crews and storytellers. CAPS Media membership (both individual and agency) continued to increase and with it use of the extensive CAPS Media equipment, expertise and studios. Recently CAPS Media recorded, broadcast and streamed the Thomas Fire community meetings live on CAPS Channel 6 & 15 and on CAPS Radio – KPPQ 104.1. Throughout the year we recorded, broadcast and streamed live dozens of City Council, Community and VUSD Board meetings for the public.

Here’s to a 2018 that looks even more interesting and engaging with coverage of ongoing City and school meetings, City districting and resulting council member elections, ever-increasing member/producer training and productions for television and radio, local, state and national voter information programs in the summer and fall, and the Thomas Fire Story documentary project.

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