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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Region I Fire Chiefs meet at L.A. Fire Camp 2

Tuesday June 8, 2010 was more than just election day. It was also the annual CalEMA Region I Fire Chief's meeting. This annual meeting brings together fire chiefs from San Luis Obispo, Venture, Santa Barabara, Los Angeles and Orange counties. Cal Fire Unit Chiefs from Riverside and San Bernardino are also included because of the State Responsibility Land that Los Angeles and Orange counties are contracted to protect.

Tuesday's meeting topics included the 2010 fire season outlook, an update on CalEMA ( California Emergency Management Agency), updates from the different areas in Region I and a news conference. The news conference featured speakers from L.A. Co. Fire, The USFS, CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire and San Bernardino Unit Chief Doug McKain. The news conference is held to provide the public with information about the upcoming high fire hazard period, the preperations of the fire service, and to call the residents of California to be prepared for the wildfire that will come.

Chief Doug McKain addressed the news conference regarding the SOLAR Program and the recent Tonner Canyon exercise that was held to test the SOLAR radio response plan. The news conference was attended by more than a dozen members of the Los Angeles media.