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Tuesday, 23 October 2007 04:43

Gov. Schwarzenegger Directs State Efforts to Fight Wildfires in Southern California, Secures Additional Federal and State Assistance

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today coordinated state, local and federal efforts to fight the devastating wildfires in Southern California and provide emergency services to displaced Californians.

Editor's Note: Please read also a related story, "A Fil-Am First-Person Report of the Ongoing Firestorms-Disaster in San Diego County," as written by a Filipino-American community leader in San Diego, CA.

Second Editor's Note: The link to Greg Alabado's article about the present firestorms in San Diego County is http://www.mabuhayradio.com/content/view/636/51/. It is found in the "Latest Articles" list in the Front Page of this web site.

 

"The devastation I witnessed today in Southern California is overwhelming. These devastating fires have taken a life and injured four firefighters. Maria and I extend our deepest thoughts and prayers to the families and loved ones of the victims," said Governor Schwarzenegger.

 

 

Urgent Announcement from the Philippine Consulate General

Dateline Los Angeles, California, 23 October 2007

In light of the ongoing fire that has struck seven counties in Southem Califomia, the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles has opened an emergency line for Filipino nationals who are affected and needs assistance. Filipino nationals affected by the "fire storm" may call 213- 268-9990.

A consular team headed by Vice Consul Jim Tito San Agustin will be going to San Diego tomorrow to visit the evacuation sites thereat and assist the Filipino nationals affected by this disastrous fire. They will also meet with some officials to coordinate evacuation.

Filipino organizations arercencouraged to contribute in any way they can to help alleviate those affected by the ongoing tragedy.

Vice Consul Edward Yulo coordinates the Disaster Relief Response.

 

"Californians have lost their homes and personal possessions in the Southern California fires. We must do everything possible to assist these victims during this difficult time and continue to protect lives and property.

"I will continue to work closely with all levels of government and affected parties until the fires are completely contained and remain committed to ensuring that every resource is available in an effort to prevent further losses."

Leading a coordinated state effort to ensure all resources through state, federal and local agencies are available for the firefighting efforts in Southern California, Governor Schwarzenegger today
directed the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), the Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES) and the California National Guard (CNG) to activate additional personnel and make more fire and rescue resources available. He also directed the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to deploy inmate firefighters and staff across Southern California to work hand-in-hand with state and local firefighters. As of today, more than 2,300 CDCR inmates and more than 170 custody staff have joined firefighters from city and county fire departments and state agencies as part of a major coordinated effort to battle the widespread wildfires in Southern California.

Additionally, the Governor today directed the following actions:

Deployed more than 1,000 emergency firefighting vehicles.

Deployed more than 1,800 CAL FIRE and OES firefighting personnel statewide in addition to the 2,300 CDCR inmates and the 1,500 CNG guardsmen deployed to support firefighting efforts.

Requested and received 50 strike teams from the states of Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

Sent the Department of Public Health Director Dr. Mark Horton to Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego to assess and coordinate the public health response at the emergency facility.

Sent Emergency Medical Services Authority Director Dr. Cesar Aristeiguieta to the Del Mar Fairgrounds evacuee center in San Diego to assess and coordinate the public health response at the emergency facility.

Dispatched emergency transportation teams to move the ill and elderly evacuees from the Del Mar Fairgrounds evacuee center to approximately 1,300 acute care beds and 900 nursing facility beds in nearby areas.

Sent Care & Shelter liaisons from the California Department of Social Services to Qualcomm Stadium and Del Mar Fairgrounds to assist evacuees with emergency planning.

Directed the CNG to provide logistical support at Qualcomm Stadium and Del Mar Fairgrounds.

In addition, Governor Schwarzenegger has secured 5,000 cots provided by the U.S. Navy in route to Qualcomm Stadium and Del Mar Fairgrounds tonight. The California Health and Human Services Agency will also provide alternative care site beds as needed.

Approximately 660 homes have been destroyed by the 16 wildfires currently burning in the state and approximately 10,000 Californians are being sheltered in emergency facilities.

Governor Schwarzenegger earlier today
directed the CNG to make 1,500 guardsmen available to support the firefighting efforts. The Governor also requested four CNG helicopters through OES. The four aircraft are currently on stand-by at Mather Air Field (1 Firehawk) and Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base (3 UH-60 Blackhawks) awaiting good weather to fly. The UH-60 Blackhawk and the Firehawk are capable of fire suppression missions as well as personnel transport in and out of dangerous and hard to reach locations. Following the Governor's request today to U.S. Department of Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the federal government committed to sending six aircraft with Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems (MAFFS) units to Southern California that will assist in fighting the fires. Aircraft will be coming from the U.S. Air Force Reserve's 302nd Airlift Wing at Colorado's Peterson Air Force Base, the Air National Guard's 173rd Airlift Wing from Cheyenne, Wyoming and the Air National Guard's 145th Airlift Wing from Charlotte, North Carolina.Governor Schwarzenegger last night proclaimed a State of Emergency in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura due to more than eleven major wildfires to make more resources available to fight the fires.

The statewide coordinated effort has also involved the following state agencies to support local response efforts: Department of General Services, Department of Food and Agriculture, Department of Health Care Services, California Utilities Emergency Association, Department of Mental Health, Department of Social Services, Office of Homeland Security, Employment Development Department, Caltrans, Labor and Workforce Development Agency, California Highway Patrol, California Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Parks and Recreation, as well as the American Red Cross and Federal Emergency Management Association.

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Responds to President's Declaration of a State of Emergency for California Due to Southern California Wildfires

Gov. Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement regarding the President's declaration of a state of emergency for California due to the Southern California wildfires:

"I thank President Bush for granting my request to declare a federal state of emergency in California. The people of California need all the help they can get at this tragic time and this action will allow our citizens to get the assistance they need."

The Governor sent a
letter to President Bush requesting direct federal assistance, debris removal and emergency protective measures, including: firefighting, evacuation operations, and sheltering of displaced people and animals for the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura due to the Southern California wildfires.

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Directs CDCR to Utilize Inmate Fire Crews in Response to Major Wildfires

Governor Schwarzenegger today directed inmate firefighters and staff from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to deploy across Southern California to work hand-in-hand with state and local firefighters. As of today, more than 2,300 CDCR inmates and more than 170 custody staff have joined firefighters from city and county fire departments and state agencies as part of a major coordinated effort to battle the widespread wildfires in Southern California.

"These crews provide critical support to the state's firefighting response, going where bulldozers and heavy equipment cannot go," said Governor Schwarzenegger. "Inmate firefighters and CDCR staff at our institutions are an integral piece of the state's disaster response team. Fire camp crews are being activated and deployed as rapidly as possible.

"Firefighters are continuing to work around the clock to contain the Southern California fires and I want to extend my thanks for their bravery and dedication."

In addition to inmate fire crews, strike teams made up of CDCR fire captains, staff and fire engines have been deployed from fire departments at the California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi, California Correctional Center in Susanville, Mule Creek State Prison in Ione and the Chuckawalla Valley State Prison in Blythe. Additional inmate firefighting crews and the staff who supervise them are currently being mobilized.

Governor Schwarzenegger has led a coordinated state effort to make all resources through the state available to fight the fires in Southern California and has
directed the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), the Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES) and the California National Guard (CNG) to activate additional personnel and make more fire and rescue resources available. Earlier today, the Governor directed the CNG to make 1,500 guardsmen available to support the firefighting efforts. The Governor also requested four CNG helicopters through OES. The four aircraft are currently on stand-by at Mather Air Field (1 Firehawk) and Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base (3 UH-60 Blackhawks). The UH-60 Blackhawk and the Firehawk are capable of fire suppression missions as well as personnel transport in and out of dangerous and hard to reach locations.

For media information on the coordinated state effort to contain the Southern California wildfires please contact the State Joint Information Center at 916-845-8441 which is open 24 hours.

Governor Schwarzenegger last night
proclaimed a State of Emergency in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura due to more than eleven major wildfires to make more resources available to fight the fires.

The CDCR fire crews are part of the Conservation Camp Program established in 1946. There are 42 adult and two Division of Juvenile Justice conservation camps in California. CDCR jointly manages 39 adult and juvenile camps with CAL FIRE and five adult camps with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

More than 4,400 offenders participate in the program, which has approximately 200 fire crews. The crews respond to all types of emergencies, including wildfires, floods, search and rescue operations and earthquakes. They also work on conservation and community service projects on public land throughout the year when not fighting fires.

Only minimum-custody inmates participate in the Conservation Camp Program. They must be physically fit and have no history of violent crime including kidnapping, sex offenses, arson or escape. Juvenile offenders earn their way into camp placement and must be free of major rule infractions.

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems On the Way to Assist in Fighting Southern California Fires

Following a request Governor Schwarzenegger made
today to U.S. Department of Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the federal government has announced that six aircraft with Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems (MAFFS) units will be directed to assist in fighting the fires in Southern California.

"The federal government has informed me that they will commit six aircraft with MAFFS units that will arrive in the state tomorrow. Their support will provide us with additional firefighting capabilities that will help save lives and property," said Governor Schwarzenegger.

The MAFFS is a self-contained reusable 3,000 gallon aerial fluid dispersal system that attaches to C-130 aircraft. The MAFFS use is a joint program with the Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and the U.S. Forest Service. The objective of the MAFFS program is to provide emergency capability to supplement the existing commercial airtanker support on wildfires. MAFFS crews are trained every year with Forest Service national aviation operations personnel. Aircraft will be coming from the U.S. Air Force Reserve's 302nd Airlift Wing at Colorado's Peterson Air Force Base, the Air National Guard's 173rd Airlift Wing from Cheyenne, Wyoming and the Air National Guard's 145th Airlift Wing from Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Directs Coordinated State Efforts to Fight Southern California Fires

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has coordinated state efforts with the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), the Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES) and the California National Guard (CNG) to make all state resources available to better fight the fires in Southern California.

"My administration is working closely with federal and local officials and will continue to assess what is needed to fight the fires in Southern California. Make no mistake about it: we will mobilize every resource necessary to protect lives and property affected by this disaster," said Governor Schwarzenegger.

"Through working with these state agencies, we have been able to provide more personnel and equipment to fight the fires and to activate 21 local operations centers in the state. I continue to be briefed by state officials and am confident that all resources are being utilized at all levels of government to fight these fires.

"I commend those individuals who have acted quickly to evacuate from dangerous areas and urge everyone to continue to follow the directions and evacuation orders issued by emergency personnel."

Governor Schwarzenegger has directed the following through OES, CAL FIRE and CNG to fight the devastating fires in Southern California:

CAL FIRE has deployed the following fire and rescue resources and activated the following personnel:

· 1,790 CAL FIRE personnel

· 320 individuals not assigned to equipment

· 316 fire engines

· 47 crews

· 19 air tankers

· 15 bulldozers

· 8 helicopters

· 2 mobile communications centers

· 1 mobile kitchen unit

· Approximately 100 personnel at the 2 regional CAL FIRE centers located in Riverside and Redding.

· 10 personnel working at the State Operations Center in Mather.

· And multiple personnel at each of the 21 local operations centers statewide.

OES has deployed the following fire and rescue resources and activated the following personnel:

· 329 local government engines

· 102 fire engines

· 24 local water tenders

· 11 OES Chief Officers

· 7 National Guard helicopters

· 2 support/communication equipment units

· 1 OES fire mechanic

· 100 personnel working at the State Operations Center and 15 personnel working in the Joint Information Center. Both facilities are located in Mather, California.

· 30 personnel working at the Regional Operations Center, located at CNG's Joint Forces facility in Los Alamitos, California.

Governor Schwarzenegger earlier today directed CNG to make 1500 guardsmen available to support the firefighting efforts. The Governor also requested four CNG helicopters through OES. The four aircraft are currently on stand-by at Mather Air Field (1 Firehawk) and Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base (3 UH-60 Blackhawks). The UH-60 Blackhawk and the Firehawk are capable of fire suppression missions as well as personnel transport in and out of dangerous and hard to reach locations.

For media information on the coordinated state effort to contain the Southern California wildfires please contact the State Joint Information Center at 916-845-8441 which is open 24 hours.

Governor Schwarzenegger last night
proclaimed a State of Emergency in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura due to more than eleven major wildfires to make more resources available to fight the fires.

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Orders California National Guard to Southern California Fires

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today directed the California National Guard (CNG) to make 1500 guardsmen available to support the firefighting efforts in Southern California. The 1500 guardsmen, including 200 troops currently patrolling the California/Mexico border, will be deployed at the direction of the Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES) to areas where they can have the greatest impact.

"It is a tragic time for California. I saw the tremendous devastation caused by these fires first hand today and I want to commend all of the brave firefighters that have been battling the blazes around our state. They have done an extraordinary job," said Governor Schwarzenegger. "We have the best-trained, the best-equipped and the most experienced firefighters in the world and I am committed to making all of the state's resources available to them to get these fires under control. That is why I have declared a state of emergency and directed the National Guard to support the firefighters in Southern California.

"I urge everyone to follow the directions and evacuation orders issued by the emergency personnel."

Governor Schwarzenegger yesterday requested four CNG helicopters through OES to support the firefighting efforts of numerous Southern California wildfires. The four aircraft are currently on stand-by at Mather Air Field (1 Firehawk) and Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base (3 UH-60 Blackhawks). The UH-60 Blackhawk and the Firehawk are capable of fire suppression missions as well as personnel transport in and out of dangerous and hard to reach locations.

The CNG is experienced in executing firefighting response missions and recently conducted their annual 3-day large-scale interagency wildfire training exercise near Fresno in May with CAL FIRE and the USDA Forest Service.

Governor Schwarzenegger last night
proclaimed a State of Emergency in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura due to more than eleven major wildfires to make more resources available to fight the fires.

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Alexander Kim
Deputy Director
Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
300 South Spring Street, Suite 16701
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Tel. 213-897-0322 Fax. 213-897-0319



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