Jackson and Dodd to Hold Hearing on California’s Emergency Mutual Aid System

February 26, 2018

SACRAMENTO — In the wake of the Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties and the state’s devastating wildfires in Northern California last year, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) and Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) will convene a joint informational hearing tomorrow about California’s mutual aid system. The mutual aid system is a statewide network of state and local jurisdictions that enables neighboring regions to assist one another during emergencies when the impacted region’s response needs exceed available local resources.

While California’s mutual aid system is world-renowned, the growing intensity and frequency of the state’s wildfires may place a strain on the system. This hearing will bring together state officials from Cal OES, CAL FIRE and fire chiefs throughout the state to discuss California’s mutual aid system, the devastating 2017 fire season, and steps the state can take to improve its mutual aid system. The agenda and background paper are available on the Joint Committee on Emergency Management’s website.

WHAT:          Joint Committee on Emergency Management and Senate Governmental Organization Committee: Informational Hearing on California’s Mutual Aid System

WHEN:        Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:      State Capitol, 4203 or live at calchannel.com

SPEAKERS:

  • Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), Chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management
  • Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa), Chair of the Senate Governmental Organization Committee
  • Mark Ghilarducci, Director, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
  • Ken Pimlott, Director, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
  • Tony Gossner, Chief, Santa Rosa Fire Department
  • Mark Lorenzen, Chief, Ventura County Fire Department
  • Jeff Carman, President, California Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association
  • Daryl Osby, Chair, FIRESCOPE
  • Mark Hartwig, President, California Fire Chiefs Association
  • Jeff Meston, President-Elect, California Fire Chiefs Association
  • Jeff Carman, President, California Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association
  • Eric Nickel, President, League of California Cities Fire Chiefs Department
  • Mike McLaughlin, Chair, Legislative Task Force of the California Fire Chiefs Association
  • Steven Hall, President, Fire Districts Association of California