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Cal OES is the pre-eminent emergency services organization in California and a recognized world leader in mutual aid response utilizing state of the art technology and personnel management. The All Hazards podcast gives you 1-on-1 interviews with California emergency response leaders who tell personal stories of dramatic and dangerous moments, the lessons they learned and how their leadership was put to the test. Whether you're part of the emergency response community or not you will learn from these professionals and be able to apply that knowledge in your own professional and personal lives.

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Cal OES is the pre-eminent emergency services organization in California and a recognized world leader in mutual aid response utilizing state of the art technology and personnel management. The All Hazards podcast gives you 1-on-1 interviews with California emergency response leaders who tell personal stories of dramatic and dangerous moments, the lessons they learned and how their leadership was put to the test. Whether you're part of the emergency response community or not you will learn from these professionals and be able to apply that knowledge in your own professional and personal lives.

    Massive Wildfire Recovery Operation in Greenville, California, is Nearing the Finish Line

    Massive Wildfire Recovery Operation in Greenville, California, is Nearing the Finish Line

    This episode (#95) takes us to Greenville, California, where efforts to recover from the Dixie and Beckwourth Complex fires are accelerating as the finish lines comes into view. We talk with Cole Glenwright, Cal OES Recovery Operations Section Chief, who gives us some hopeful news about the final stretch in the marathon that is recovery in Plumas and Lassen Counties. 

    The Dixie Fire erupted near Dixie Road in Butte County. It grew to an enormous wildfire that also burned in Plumas, Lassen, Shasta, and Tehama Counties, The fire began in the Feather River Canyon near Cresta Dam on July 13, 2021, and burned 963,309 acres before being 100% contained on October 25, 2021. It was the largest single (i.e. non-complex) wildfire in California history, and the second-largest wildfire overall (after the August Complex fire of 2020.)

    Links
    Plumas County Wildfire Recovery 

    CalRecycle 

    Team Rubicon 

    Sierra Institute

    California Conservation Corps 

     

    • 22 min
    EPISODE 94: New Cal OES Law Chief Don O’Keefe Settles-in after Changes in Cop Culture, Capture of Bay Area Arsonist and with Plans for Growth

    EPISODE 94: New Cal OES Law Chief Don O’Keefe Settles-in after Changes in Cop Culture, Capture of Bay Area Arsonist and with Plans for Growth

     


    In this episode (#94) we talk with the new Cal OES Law Branch chief Donald O’Keefe. Governor Gavin Newsom appointed O’Keefe in December 2021, building on a distinguished career in law enforcement at both the local and federal level.


     


    In 2012, O’Keefe was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as the United States Marshal for the Northern District of California. In this capacity, O’Keefe has been responsible for the management, administration, and direction of U.S. Marshal Service Operations throughout the Northern District of California. His overall responsibilities have included protecting the United States courts and judiciary, criminal investigations, fugitive enforcement, executions of federal court orders, and other law enforcement activities.


     


    Prior to his appointment with the U.S. Marshals Service, O’Keefe served for more than three years as the Police Chief for the city of Half Moon Bay and also spent 27 years with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.


     


    Chief O’Keefe replaces outgoing Chief of Law Enforcement Mark Pazin who is retiring. Chief Pazin has worked for Cal OES since 2013 where he has been instrumental in revamping and building an outstanding professional, multi-faceted law enforcement team.


     


    Links
    Cal OES Law Enforcement


    U.S. Marshals Services, Northern District of California


    Half Moon Bay Law Enforcement


    San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office


     

    • 33 min
    PODCAST (#92): Alex Cabassa and Dr. Lawrence Heiskell discuss the California Specialized Training Institute and the impact it has made for California

    PODCAST (#92): Alex Cabassa and Dr. Lawrence Heiskell discuss the California Specialized Training Institute and the impact it has made for California

    California experiences numerous unique disasters that first responders and emergency managers must be ready to respond to at any moment. Training is a critical part of that process in which the California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI) builds confidence in their ability to respond to whatever comes their way.


     


    Over the last 50 years CSTI has trained thousands of emergency responders not only in California but nationwide. 


     


    In this episode (#92), we sit down with CSTI Superintendent Alex Cabassa and Dr. Lawrence Heiskell, provider for CSTI’s tactical medicine training. We discuss all things CSTI and hear real examples of how this training literally saved lives.


     


    Resources:


    CSTI


    Tactical Medicine Course


    Cal OES News


     

    • 24 min
    Roseville 911

    Roseville 911

    La Oficina de Servicios de Emergencia, o Cal OES por sus siglas en inglés, ha implementado cambios en la tecnología, transformando el sistema 9-1-1 de análogo a digital, y permitiendo con ello, un mejor proceso de comunicación y asistencia a emergencias.


    Y aunque el cambio no será identificado por el público en general, la diferencia será enorme para todos los elementos que diariamente trabajan en pro de resguardar el orden y la seguridad de la comunidad.


    En el departamento de policía de Roseville, platicamos con el oficial Carlos Cortés quien se emociona con esta evolución de la tecnología, ya que con más de 25 años al servicio de los residentes de California, primero como bombero y posteriormente como policía, reconoce las grandes ventajas que el cambio conlleva.


    La canalización de cada una de las llamadas de emergencia sin importar la ubicación de las víctimas es clave para llegar lo más pronto posible al lugar de los hechos, una situación que años atrás representaba todo un reto, ya que no existían los teléfonos inteligentes, ni los sistemas de ubicación global (GPS) y las herramientas existentes eran tan solo mapas y una hoja de papel la información más básica impresa.


    El sistema de llamadas 9-1-1 se convirtió en la plataforma más segura para ayudar a los afectados por una desgracia y la nueva generación ha dimensionado los alcances de dicha ayuda.


    LINKS:
    9-1-1 Nueva Generacion


     


     


     


     

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    Cal OES, PSC Lead Nation to Go Live with NextGen 911 in Tuolumne County, California

    Cal OES, PSC Lead Nation to Go Live with NextGen 911 in Tuolumne County, California

     


    This episode (#90) brings us up to speed on Next Generation 911 in California. 


    911.gov explains: “Because most 911 systems were originally built using analog rather than digital technologies, public safety answering points (PSAPs) across the country need to be upgraded to a digital or Internet Protocol (IP)-based 911 system, commonly referred to as Next Generation 911 (NG911).


    A variety of non-technical resources are available to help explain what NG911 is and how it will help public safety leaders improve the safety of civilians, patients and first responders. Learn more about how the transition to Next Generation 911 will impact EMS, fire and law enforcement communities here.


    The success and reliability of 911 will be greatly improved with the implementation of NG911, as it will enhance emergency number services to create a faster, more resilient system that allows voice, photos, videos and text messages to flow seamlessly from the public to the 911 network.


    NG911 will also improve PSAP ability to help manage call overload, natural disasters, and transferring of 911 calls and proper jurisdictional responses based on location tracking.


    While the technology to implement these new IP-based 911 systems is available now, the transition to NG911 will involve much more than just new computer hardware and software. Implementing NG911 in states and counties nationwide will require the coordination of a variety of emergency communication, public safety, legislative and governing entities.”


    The California 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Branch at Cal OES remains focused on enabling Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) to provide the fastest, most reliable, and cost-effective access to emergency services for any 9-1-1 caller in California from any communications device.. While the existing 9-1-1 system has been a success story for more than 40 years, it has been stretched beyond its limit. The current 9-1-1 system is unable to efficiently integrate with today’s newer technologies and lacks the reliability and monitoring capabilities needed to support today’s increased disaster environment. Due to the aging technology of today’s 9-1-1 system, the number of outages continues to increase and the existing 9-1-1 system is becoming less and less reliable.


    There is an urgent need to transform California’s legacy 9-1-1 system into a Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) system. Modernizing California’s outdated 9-1-1 funding formula is crucial to protecting our 9-1-1 system. The CA Legislature approved SB 96 / AB 96 which provides the updated State Emergency Telephone Number Account (SETNA) funding model that will provide the revenue needed to implement NG9-1-1.


    NG9-1-1 will provide multi-layered redundancy and a common technology platform  for alerts and warnings. The advantages of NG9-1-1 include:


    Allow agencies to re-route 9-1-1 calls to each other during disasters

    Increase resiliency by hardening the system to withstand natural and human-caused disasters

    Provide a statewide common technology delivery system for Alerts and Warnings

    Ensure emergency calls are quickly and accurately delivered – in 3 seconds or less

    Support text to 9-1-1 delivery into the PSAP

    Deliver increased location accuracy for wireless calls

    Allow agencies to utilize state of the art mapping in order to better locate callers

    Integrate with First Responder Network Authority’s nationwide wireless broadband network initiative

     Reduce 9-1-1 system downtime. 9-1-1 outages are an ongoing problem with the aging infrastructure currently being used in California


    Since the CA 9-1-1 Branch first published the proposed California NG9-1-1 Roadmap in 2010, significant progress has been made to implement NG9-1-1 in California. The CA 9-1-1 Branch successfully implemented several NG9-1-1 pilot projects; the most significant of these are in Northeast California with 36 PSAPs and the Pasadena RING project in LA County with 8 PSAPs. Th

    • 40 min
    PODCAST #89: Teams Race Rain to Mitigate Toxic Debris Flows, Advance Dixie Fire Recovery

    PODCAST #89: Teams Race Rain to Mitigate Toxic Debris Flows, Advance Dixie Fire Recovery

     


    In this episode (#89) we talk with Jerry Sipe, recovery manger for Dixie and Beckwourth Complex Fires in Plumas County.


    He talks about how the utter devastation in Greenville, a town of about 1,100 in Plumas County, has left a debris field from one end to the other, as well as destroyed homes scattered throughout the area. While crews are making good progress debris cleanup and removal of hazardous waste caused by the fire, there’s still a large number of homeowners who have not signed a right of entry (ROE) form to allow crews to access the property to clean it. And that’s a problem, especially with the wet season arriving; rain causes debris flows, and that can contaminate ground water.


     


    LINK TO:
    Debris Removal Prog.
    https://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/blogs/in-the-loop/in-the-loop/2018/09/24/consolidated-debris-removal-program-faqs


    Cal OES Debris Removal
    https://wildfirerecovery.caloes.ca.gov/ufaqs/what-is-the-consolidated-debris-removal-program/


    SBA Disaster Asst.
    https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance


     


    Dixie Fire Recovery
    https://plumascounty.us/2880/Debris-Removal-Programs


    Debris Flow Mitigation
    https://www.ready.gov/landslides-debris-flow


    Dixie Fire Incident
    https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7690/


     


     

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