16 lives lost 772 structures lost 500,000+ acres The 13 Day Siege
Governor’s Taskforce on the California Wildland Fire Problem
Original Partner Agencies U.S. Forest Service Cal Fire California Emergency Management Agency Los Angeles Fire Department Los Angeles County Fire Department Santa Barbara County Fire Department Ventura County Fire Department
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92nd Congress appropriates $675,000 to the U.S. Forest Service Research Station in Riverside 1971
A period of intensive research and development 1972 - 1979
Development of the First FIRESCOPE Documents Concept PapersConcept to Reality
1975 Technical Advisory Team Changed to the “FIRESCOPE Board of Directors”
Unified Command Mapping Tools Integrated PlanningResource Tracking Further FIRESCOPE Developments and Products
1975 At the inception of the FIRESCOPE program the original partner agencies developed 5 initial statements. - Coordinate Multi-Agency Resources during major incidents - Develop improved methods for forecasting fire behavior - Develop standard terminology - Provide multi-agency communications - Provide multi-agency training These 5 items were later into consolidated into two major components: ICS and MACS
1976 Pacoima Fire – First Incident Managed Using the Principles of ICS The Riverside OCC was identified as the Multi-Agency Coordination center for the Southern California FIRESCOPE Region
Early 1980’s This period saw the adoption of ICS and other FIRESCOPE products by national organizations such as FEMA, NFA and NWCG - NIIMS
1982-1984 - ICS is fully implemented among the partner agencies - System-wide test is conducted at the Riverside OCC entitled, “Top Hat” - CALFIRMS is established consisting of representatives from the forest agencies, Northern CA Chiefs and Cal EMA as a working team to help spread FIRESCOPE products across the State. Two strategic goals were accomplished by this group: o Evaluate and recommend technology transfer to Northern California o Educate all agencies and areas on available FIRESCOPE products
1984 Orange County Fire Department is added to the FIRESCOPE list of “Partner Agencies” after several years of active participation on the Task Force and several Specialist Groups
The FIRESCOPE BOD and the Cal EMA Fire and Rescue Advisory Committee are combined 1986
1986 The FIRESCOPE Program received FEMA’s “Exemplary Practices in Emergency Management” Award Board of Directors merges with CALFIRMS Nationwide Adoption of ICS
The FIRESCOPE Board of Directors Recognizing that the Fire Problem is Not Limited to Southern California, Strikes the Word “Southern” from the Acronym FIRESCOPE and a New Name is Established Representative of All California “FIrefighting RESources of California Organized for Potential Emergencies” 1987 Tunnel - 1991 Laguna - 1993
FIRESCOPE Act of 1989 In 1988 California State Senator Bill Campbell authored SB 27 – SB-27 Became the FIRESCOPE Act of 1989 – The Bill directed 3 State agencies (Cal Fire, Cal EMA and SFM) to administer the FIRESCOPE Program and seek funding to support it. – This ensured FIRESCOPE’s future
1990’s During this period, FIRESCOPE began to address all-hazard applications – Haz Mat Responses – Mass Casualty Incidents – Urban Search and Rescue – High-rise Fires
Statewide Adoption of FIRESCOPE Products - Recognized ICS as basis for responses and the model for EOC operations. - 1991 Tunnel Fire in the Oakland Hills initiated further expansion of FIRESCOPE products - Senate Bill 1841 (Petris) established the “Standardized Emergency Management System” or SEMS.
The Dynamic Present The FIRESCOPE program remains active and as strong as ever. Old Fire, San Bernardino County - 2003 Southern California MACS Process, Riverside OCC - 2008
Mission Statement The mission of the FIRESCOPE Board of Directors is to provide recommendations and technical assistance to the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA); to maintain and utilize the FIRESCOPE Decision Process to continue the operation, development, and maintenance of the FIRESCOPE Incident Command System (ICS) and the Multi-Agency Coordination System (MACS).
Vision Statement The FIRESCOPE Board of Directors/Cal EMA Fire and Rescue Services Advisory vision is to continue national leadership in the development of all-risk incident and multi-agency coordination systems, to enhance and encourage full California fire service in the statewide Fire and Rescue Mutual Aid System and to provide a common voice for the California fire service as it relates to these issues.
Board Of Directors Strategic Initiatives - Create a common voice within the California Fire Service - Market FIRESCOPE and its products - Maintain and improve the All-Hazard management system
The Decision Process - Working Groups (Ad-Hoc Specialist Workgroups) - Board of Directors (Chief Executive Level) FIRESCOPE “Decision Process” - Operations Team (Deputy/Assistant Chief Level) - Taskforce (Battalion Chief/Manager Level) - Specialist Groups (Standing Specialist Workgroups)
Representation Membership of FIRESCOPE BOD, Ops Team and Taskforce includes representatives from: – FIRESCOPE Partner Agencies – Federal Agencies with Land Management Responsibilities – County Fire Agencies – City Fire Agencies – Volunteer Fire Departments – Fire Districts
FIRESCOPE Website - Order, Download or View the 2007 FOG and latest ICS and MACS Forms - Links to Fire Intel Nationwide - Predictive Services - FIRESCOPE Program Updates - CICCS - California Fire Resource Inventory System (CFRIS)
The future of FIRESCOPE is dependant on the strong principles that guided it in the past - A defined decision making process - Non-agency specific organizational directives and tools - All-Hazards perspective - Continued Leadership in national ICS application and revisions
Remaining FIRESCOPE Tasks - National Incident Management System Integration - National Mutual Aid System - Continue the MACS Process (All Hazards) - National Resource Typing
Conclusion FIRESCOPE’S proud past, dynamic present and exciting future create a model for cooperation regardless of level, response discipline, or geographic area. Tomorrow’s caretakers of the program must use the past and the present as springboards to the future.