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FDAC Membership Update

Friday, January 11, 2019  
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The following statement was issued by the California Fire Chiefs Association (CalChiefs), Fire Districts Association of California, Metro Chiefs and the League of California Cities Fire Chiefs Department.

"California’s local fire chiefs applaud Governor Gavin Newsom for bold leadership in making our communities safer from the growing threats of wildfires and other disasters.  The Governor’s proposed budget expands on the important steps taken last year to strength our mutual aid system and increase fire prevention and planning.

As we have seen during the past two years of historic devastation, first responders need both more resources and new strategies to better protect lives, homes and entire communities from the new normal of fast-moving wildfires and floods.  We are particularly pleased that Governor Newsom has proposed $25 million to continue the State’s investment in pre-positioning strike teams of local firefights in areas of heightened fire risk.  This ongoing investment is an essential component to the overall strategy in leveraging local government’s role in partnership with CalOES and CalFire.

Governor Newsom’s budget proposal also moves us closer to a next generation 911 system, improving the inter-operability of public safety radio systems and making better use of remote technology to monitor fire activity and direct our emergency response.  Moreover, the budget would make a significant investment to educate residents in high-risk areas regarding disaster preparedness and safety.

We look forward to working with the Governor’s office and state lawmakers, as well as our partners representing local government and organized labor, to adopt these critical public safety funding measures."

FDAC will continue to update members on timely topics and issues as the new Administration and new Legislature begin to share their priorities and programs.

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