Cal OES Prepositions Critical Fire and Rescue Public Safety Resources Ahead of Winter Storms (UPDATED)

Updated: Jan. 27, 2021

 

In preparation for significant rainfall forecasted in areas of recent burn-scarred hillsides statewide, the GovernorÔÇÖs Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) continues to work with local public safety agencies to coordinate and deploy the strategic prepositioning of specialized fire, rescue and public safety resources and personnel in seven counties – Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Mateo, Napa, Solano and Sonoma.

This is part of an ongoing effort by CaliforniaÔÇÖs emergency management and public safety agencies to ensure that critical, life-saving resources are ready and immediately available for deployment in the event of a major mudslide, debris flow, flooding or other emergency caused by significant winter weather.

The following resources have been requested by the local Operational Areas and approved via the California State Mutual Aid Pre-Incident Preparedness Guidelines:

Santa Barbara County: (1) Local Government Task Force (3-type 3 engines), (1) Local Government Dozer

Santa Cruz County: (1) Local Government Strike Team (5-type 1 engines), (1) Regional Task Force, (5) Overhead

Monterey County: (1) Local Government Task Force (4-type 3 engines, 2-type 6 engines), (1) OES Type 3 Strike Team (5 OES type 3 engines), (1) Regional Task Force, (5) Overhead

San Mateo County: (1) OES Type 1 Strike Team (4-OES type 1 engines, 1-LG type 1 engine), (1) Local Government Type 1 USAR Co., (5) Overhead

Napa County: (1) Local Government Task Force (1-type 1 engine, 1-type 3 engine, 1-type 6 engine and 2-medium rescues)

Solano County: (1) Local Government Type 3 Strike Team (5-type 3 engines)

Sonoma County: (1) Local Government Type 3 Strike Team (5-type 3 engines), (1) Dispatcher

The public is urged to remain aware of their surrounding conditions and to avoid outdoor activities that may be dangerous during the rain event. Also, remember to have an emergency plan in place, emergency preparedness kits at home and vehicles full of fuel, sign-up for emergency alerts, listen to authorities and warnings and be prepared to evacuate if necessary. Check out the National Weather Service Safety Tips.

The California State Warning Center, Cal OES Regions and Cal OES Fire and Rescue Branch will continue evaluating conditions to be ready for further resource requests as necessary throughout the rain event.

Follow the National Weather Service Sacramento, Bay Area and Los Angeles as well as Cal OES for the latest updates.

Jonathan Gudel

Jonathan Gudel is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). Since joining Cal OES, he has assisted in the response and recovery efforts of the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, the state's historic drought, the Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident, unprecedented winter storms in 2017, the 2017 October (Sonoma County) and December (Santa Barbara County) wildfires, the Camp Fire in 2018, the 2020 statewide fire siege, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Previously, he worked in the newspaper industry for 12 years.

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