D-RiSC Coalition Members Advocate in Sacramento for $100 million to Fund Pre-Positioning, Modernize Mutual Aid System

On January 24, a group of five local government fire organizations including CalChiefs, Metro Chiefs, Fire Districts Association of California, FIRESCOPE and the League of California Cities sent a letter to Governor Jerry Brown requesting $100 million augmentation to his proposed State Budget.

The requested funding for the Office of Emergency Services (OES) – in addition to funding already proposed for OES to purchase more apparatus – would be used help modernize our Mutual Aid System and reimburse local agencies for pre-positioning of resources during extreme weather alerts. A news announcement about the fire chiefs’ request was also published in January.

Recently, the organizations launched “Disaster Readiness for Safer Communities” (D-RiSC) to raise the visibility of the $100 million funding request and mobilize the fire service, local government and other interest groups to advocate for its inclusion in the State Budget.

Please watch for more information about how you can participate in D-RiSC activities.

Last week, D-RiSC members testified at two informational hearings in Sacramento on California’s Mutual Aid System and the 2017 fire siege. During the hearings, fire chiefs discussed the importance of modernizing the Mutual Aid System from “reactive” to “proactive” by funding pre-positioning and making technology updates to enhance situational awareness and rapid deployment.

News coverage of the Mutual Aid hearing can be viewed at the following links:

State Fire Chiefs Asking For $100M to Prepare for Wildfires, NBC Los Angeles

California Fire Chiefs Want to Begin Firefight Before Blazes Start, CBS Sacramento

California’s fire chiefs call for $100 million to bolster mutual aid system, Santa Rosa Press-Democrat