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:
D-RiSC Media Monitoring: Week ending May 5th
Thanks to Chief Pearce for working with his local media on today’s story in the Marin IJ:
D-RiSC Op-Ed: 15 Years Later, We Still Haven’t Applied Deadly Cedar Fire’s Lessons, Times of San Diego, May 4
Wealthy’s use of private firefighters ignites debate in wildfire country, NBC News, May 4
Big utilities are desperately trying to stick customers for the bills from California wildfires, Los Angeles Times, May 4
California burning: life among the wildfires, The Guardian, May 4
Next wildfire is coming – we must get busy now or suffer, Modesto Bee, May 3
PG&E profits down as utility confronts fire costs, disaster preparedness, Press Democrat, May 3
Union, lawyers spar over wildfire ‘shadow lobbying’ at California Capitol, Sacramento Bee, May 3
California Bills Inspired by 2017 Mudslides and Fires Clear Committee, Insurance Journal, May 2
It’s time for California’s wine country to prepare for the next wildfire, Sacramento Bee, May 2
October wildfires contributed to Napa County losing housing, population in 2017, San Francisco Chronicle, May 2
Californians, like polar bears, have something to fear as Arctic ice melts, Los Angeles Times, May 1