Public Safety Committee to Drill Down on City's Emergency Operations Center

Published : Tuesday, December 18, 2018 | 5:50 AM

A glimpse inside the City’s Emergency Operations Center beneath City Hall, seen during a November 8, 2018 “tabletop” exercise rehearsing responses to a disaster scenario.

The City Council’s Public Safety Committee will meet Wednesday, December 19, to receive briefings from Pasadena Fire Chief Bertral Washington about the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC), and about updates on the Pasadena Fire Department’s Strategic Plan 2017-2019.

Under the Pasadena Emergency Operations Plan updated in 2011, a City Emergency Operations Center may be activated when threat conditions in the jurisdiction are in the Elevated, High or Severe Condition levels.

Fire Chief Washington will brief the Committee on the structure of the facility and functions of the EOC staff, who are divided into sections within the organization – management, operations, planning, logistics, and finance.

The EOC, like similar centers at the state, regional and county levels, is intended to be a central location where the local government can provide interagency coordination and executive decision-making in support of incidents or disaster mitigation.

The Center, when activated, should be able to collect, evaluate and disseminate information, set priorities when appropriate, manage and document resources required in the response, and coordinate multiple incidents or events within the City’s jurisdiction.

The Center, according to the Pasadena Emergency Operations Plan, should also be able to support similar centers in the county, regional or state levels when an incident or emergency extends beyond the City’s jurisdiction.

On the Fire Department’s Strategic Plan, Fire Chief Washington will present updates to the original plan that the department, along with other public safety agencies, began developing in 2016.

Updating the plan is a critical component for the Pasadena Fire Department since it is an accredited fire department with the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE).

Between 2016 and 2017, the Fire Department conducted surveys among business and neighborhood associations, as well as stakeholder interviews and workshops, to gather input for updating the plan. Washington is expected to explain in detail the results of those activities, as incorporated into the Strategic Plan.

The Public Safety Committee meeting will start at 6 p.m. at City Yards Water and Power Conference Rooms C and D, at 245 W. Mountain Street in Pasadena.

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