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Past, Present and Future

Past, Present and Future. Today. Yesterday. Tomorrow?. Past. 1970 Fire Season. The 13 Day Siege. 16 lives lost 772 structures lost 500,000+ acres. Governor’s Taskforce on the California Wildland Fire Problem. Original FIRESCOPE Partner Agencies. U.S. Forest Service.

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Past, Present and Future

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  1. Past, Present and Future Today Yesterday Tomorrow?

  2. Past

  3. 1970 Fire Season

  4. The 13 Day Siege 16 lives lost 772 structures lost 500,000+ acres

  5. Governor’s Taskforce on the California Wildland Fire Problem

  6. Original FIRESCOPE Partner Agencies U.S. Forest Service California Division of Forestry California Office of Emergency Services • Los Angeles Fire Department • Santa Barbara County Fire Department • Ventura County Fire Department • Los Angeles County Fire Department

  7. “FIRESCOPE” is Created FI RE S refighting sources of outhern C O P E mergencies rganized for otential alifornia

  8. 1971 92nd Congress appropriates $675,000 to the Forest Service Research Station in Riverside

  9. 1972 - 1979 A period of intensive research and development

  10. Development of the First FIRESCOPE Documents Concept Papers Concept to Reality

  11. 1975 Technical Advisory Team Changed to the “FIRESCOPE Board of Directors”

  12. Mapping Tools Further FIRESCOPE Developments and Products Unified Command Integrated Planning Resource Tracking

  13. 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

  14. 1976 The Riverside OCC was identified as the Multi-Agency Coordination center for the Southern California FIRESCOPE Region Pacoima Fire – First Incident Managed Using the Principles of ICS

  15. Early 1980’s This period saw the adoption of ICS and other FIRESCOPE products by national organizations such as FEMA, NFA and NWCG - NIIMS

  16. “All Risk – All Hazard”

  17. 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 OES as a working team to help spread FIRESCOPE products across the State. Two strategic goals were accomplished by this group: - Evaluate and recommend technology transfer to Northern California - Educate all agencies and areas on available FIRESCOPE products

  18. 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

  19. The FIRESCOPE BOD and the OES Fire and Rescue Advisory Committee are combined 1986

  20. 1986 The FIRESCOPE Program received FEMA’s “Exemplary Practices in Emergency Management” Award • Board of Directors merges with CALFIRMS Nationwide Adoption of ICS

  21. The FIRESCOPE Board of Directors Recognizing that the Fire Problem is Not Limited to Southern California, Strike the Word “Southern” from the Acronym FIRESCOPE and a New Name is Established Representative of All California 1987 Oakland Hills Laguna Hills “FIrefighting RESources of CaliforniaOrganized for Potential Emergencies”

  22. FIRESCOPE Act of 1989 In 1988 California State Senator Bill Campbell authored SB 27 • This ensured FIRESCOPE’s future • The Bill directed state agencies (CDF, OES, and SFM) to administer the FIRESCOPE Program and seek funding to support it. • SB-27 Became the FIRESCOPE Act of 1989

  23. 1990’s During this period, FIRESCOPE began to address all-hazard applications • High-rise Fires • Urban Search and Rescue • Haz Mat Responses • Mass Casualty Incidents

  24. 1992 – Oakland Hills

  25. Statewide Adoption of FIRESCOPE Products - Recognized ICS as basis for responses and the model for EOC operations. - 1992 Tunnel Fire in the Oakland Hills initiated further expansion of FIRESCOPE products - Senate Bill 184 (Petris) established the “Standardized Emergency Management System” or SEMS.

  26. Present

  27. The Dynamic Present The FIRESCOPE program remains active and as strong as ever. Old Fire, San Bernardino County - 2003 MACS Process, Riverside OCC - 2008

  28. Mission Statement The mission of the FIRESCOPE Board of Directors is to provide recommendations and technical assistance to the Office of Emergency Services (OES); to maintain the FIRESCOPE Decision Process and continue the operation, development, and maintenance of the FIRESCOPE Incident Command System (ICS) and the Multi-Agency Coordination System (MACS); and maintain a system known as the FIRESCOPE Decision Process to continue statewide operation, development, and maintenance of the following FIRESCOPE developed Incident Command System (ICS) and Multi-Agency Coordination System (MACS) components.

  29. Vision Statement The FIRESCOPE Board of Directors/OES 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, common voice for the California fire service relating to these issues.

  30. 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

  31. The Decision Process - Working Groups (Ad-Hoc Specialist Workgroups) FIRESCOPE “Decision Process” - Board of Directors (Chief Executive Level) - Operations Team (Deputy/Assistant Chief Level) - Taskforce (Battalion Chief/Manager Level) - Specialist Groups (Standing Specialist Workgroups)

  32. 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

  33. FIRESCOPE Organizational Structure

  34. Specialist Groups Current Specialist Groups (Standing) • Communications • Safety • Predictive Services • Hazardous Materials • Aviation • EMS (Includes MCI) • GIS

  35. Ad-HocWorking Groups

  36. Web Site http://www.firescope.org

  37. FIRESCOPE Website - Order, Download or View the 2007 FOG and latest ICS and MACS Forms - Links to Fire Intel Nationwide - CICCS - Predictive Services - FIRESCOPE Program Updates - California Fire Resource Inventory System (CFRIS)

  38. Future?

  39. The future of FIRESCOPE is dependant on the strong principles that guided it in the past • - Continued Leadership in national ICS application and revisions - A defined decision making process - Non-agency specific organizational directives and tools - All-Hazards perspective

  40. Remaining FIRESCOPE Tasks - National Incident Management System Integration - National Resource Typing - National Mutual Aid System - Continue the MACS Process (All Hazards)

  41. 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.

  42. The Challenge Continues

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