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NOTICE: SCMA Meetings

Due to limitations on social gatherings because of the Coronavirus, SCMA Meetings are being held virtually online until further notice. To join us, you must be a member of the SCMA Yahoo Group Email List to receive invitations to the … Continue reading

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Cal Fire Tanker 96 Crashes at Rohnerville Airport; No One Injured

One of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s S-2T air tankers, Tanker 96 (N440DF), had a mishap July 28, 2020 at the Rohnerville Airport in northern California. Rohnerville is 15 miles south of Eureka, California. “Yesterday at about … Continue reading

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New Fire Station 1 Opens to Serve Santa Monica

Beginning this month, the Santa Monica Fire Department will operate out of their new Fire Station 1 at 1337 7th Street serving the Downtown community. The new essential services facility has been under construction since June 2018 and replaces SMFD’s first and oldest station.   Fire Station … Continue reading

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Chula Vista Police Are Getting 911 Calls Livestreamed to their Patrol Cars

Chula Vista police officers are getting a quicker start on emergencies thanks to new technology that allows 911 calls to be sent directly to computers in their patrol cars. Instead of waiting for a 911 operator to type out their … Continue reading

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FCC Fines HobbyKing Nearly $3 Million for Marketing Unauthorized Drone Transmitters

The FCC fined HobbyKing $2,861,128 for marketing drone transmitters that do not comply with FCC licensing rules. The website markets devices that provide a video link between transmitters mounted on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and users flying drones. An FCC … Continue reading

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Coast Guard Extends Mobile Connectivity to Distressed Mariners with ‘i911’

The U.S. Coast Guard is taking advantage of phone-tracking services to locate distressed mariners up to 20 nautical miles offshore through a mobile app that acts like 911 emergency service. The “i911” app is currently being used in the Pacific Northwest and has … Continue reading

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Ensuring Critical Communications for 13 Agencies Across Los Angeles County With Computer Aided Dispatch Upgrade

The Verdugo Fire Communications (VFCC) center operates out of the Glendale Fire Department and is owned by the cities of Glendale, Burbank and Pasadena, the Tri-Cities. Just last year, the dispatch center answered almost 180,000 calls for 13 agencies, including … Continue reading

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Los Angeles is Deploying Medical Street Teams to Help Protect Homeless People from Coronavirus

Los Angeles is sending medical street teams to help protect homeless people during the coronavirus pandemic that’s killed tens of thousands nationwide, city officials said. In the United States alone, the coronavirus outbreak has left more than 37,000 people dead and sickened nearly 710,000. … Continue reading

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Forest Service Suspends Controlled Burns Over Coronavirus

The U.S. Forest Service has suspended controlled burns on public lands in wildfire-prone California because of the coronavirus pandemic, upsetting officials who see the program as key to preventing seasonal infernos like those that devastated parts of the state in … Continue reading

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LAPD Officers will Isolate at Biltmore Hotel

Scores of Los Angeles police officers who have symptoms related to the coronavirus or who must quarantine because of possible exposure have the choice of self-isolating at home or moving into the Biltmore Hotel in downtown L.A., according to two … Continue reading

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