Whether it’s a major wildfire or a search and rescue mission, the Cal OES Law Enforcement Branch is there. Providing valuable services to California’s law enforcement agencies is the call the Cal OES Law Branch has answered for 57 years.
During emergencies, Cal OES Law Branch plays a critical role coordinating mutual aid resources local jurisdictions need to help them respond to an emergency. This coordination of law enforcement officers from jurisdictions all around the state is through the Law Enforcement Mutual Aid (LEMA) system.
Most recently, the Cal OES Law Enforcement Branch has been involved in major events like the Erskine Fire in Kern County, Oroville Dam Emergency in Butte County, Super Bowl 50, numerous Search and Rescue missions including the rescue of missing hiker Cody Michael, Butte Fire in Calaveras County, Boles Fire in the … continue reading »
The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services pre-positioned nine Swiftwater Search and Rescue teams throughout the state as a precautionary measure with another significant storm pounding Northern California. The teams are currently staged in the counties of Butte, Yuba, Sutter, Sacramento, Stanislaus, and Merced.
The pre-positioning of these specialized resources is a proactive measure to protect lives and provide rapid response to requests for assistance from local government during the current storms. Teams are deployed as part of the Cal OES Fire & Rescue Mutual Aid system, which is a neighbor helping neighbor sharing of resources.
“The pre-deployment is a move by Cal OES to be proactive in our ability to protect lives in the event that the resources are needed and to decrease the response time for specialized resources that we have available,” said Brian Woodbeck, … continue reading »
This episode (#18) Cal OES Deputy Chief Paul Tassone sits down at the mic with us. Chief Tassone is going on his 34th year in law enforcement, and his 6th with Cal OES. His career began with a tour of duty in Air Force when he got out of high school. While in he received medical training and when he got out he began working as an EMT2 while going back to school. It was during that time he became interested in law enforcement. He attended the Sacramento Sheriff’s Academy in 1982 and spent the next couple of decades working his way up through the ranks, working closely with emergency management, until landing at Cal OES in 2011. He’s now deputy chief, administration. A self-proclaimed adrenalin junky, he loves working with emergency services and the people in that community.
Chief Tassone talks about how much he relies on technology and is especially impressed by modern mapping systems and their use during search and rescue missions – satellite trackers and real-time feeds from air to ground to help direct crews with pinpoint accuracy even at night. To see an example of that technology, click this link to watch a story that also includes night vision goggles and helicopter demonstrations (the monitoring is at the end of the video.)
Despite a very wet October and November, California continues to remain in severe drought conditions over much of the state. Therefore, we all need to keep our focus set on conservation. And let’s not forget that wildfire season is really year-round now. As of this posting there are two active fires burning (more info).
So, today we look back at the Cedar Fire, a wildfire that broke out in San Diego County in October of 2003 and burned into November, with full containment coming on November 4th.
By the time it was all said and done, the blaze burned more than 280,000 acres, destroyed 2, 820 buildings which includes 2,232 homes, and killed 15 people. According to CalFIRE the … continue reading »
The first of 12 Cal OES Hazmat Units arrived today for it’s final inspection before heading off to it’s next stop. This state-of-the-art unit is over 18 tons and is basically a laboratory on wheels. For a closer look, watch this video:
Thursday, September 15th, marks two years since a relatively small but aggressive fire ravaged the small town of Weed, in Siskiyou County. The Boles Fire broke out that day in 2014 at 1:38PM. The fire burned 516 acres, but included in that were 157 destroyed homes and eight commercial buildings including two churches. The fast-moving but short-lived fire also damaged part of the Weed Elementary School and most of the Roseburg Mill. It took more than 450 personnel, 10 engines and some aircraft to stop the fire’s advance. A Siskiyou County man was arrested and sentenced on July 28, 2015, for starting the Fire. Judge Don Langford sentenced Ronald Marshall, 25, to three years in prison with no probation. Marshall reportedly said he’d started the fire to stay warm.
Most people only get to witness aircraft dump hundreds of gallons of water over a wildfire on TV news, but this past Saturday all that changed for attendees of the 11th annual California Day of Preparation. Cal OES enlisted Sacramento Metro Fire Air Operations to put on an aerial water demonstration over the Sacramento River adjacent to the event in Old Sacramento. At precisely 12:30, the rumbling “whoop, whoop, whoop” sound of the red and white helicopter could be heard growing louder as it approached the drop zone. Within moments, the UH-1H Huey swooped down, hovered 20 feet over the surface while its nozzle dipped into the water and suctioned 375 gallons of river water into its onboard tank. Thirty seconds later, it took off, leaving a trail of water and wake behind it. Then, … continue reading »