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LAFD Reports a Staggering Rise in the Number of Fires, Outpacing Any Year in Recent Memory

The latest public data from the Los Angeles Fire Department shows the number of fires that have burned so far this year has outpaced any other year in recent memory, with a staggering number of fires tied to the city’s … Continue reading

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LAFD Marks First Use of Robot To Fight Fire in United States

A robotic firefighting vehicle was used for the first time in the United States to battle a major emergency fire in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday, officials said. The fire broke out in a textile business and spread to an adjacent … Continue reading

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L.A. County Considers Hiring Non-Sworn Force to Patrol Parks

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to reconsider how to ensure safety in county parks following Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s announcement that he will close the department’s Parks Bureau, provoking the sheriff to accuse the board of “defunding” the LASD. … Continue reading

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NOTICE: SCMA Meetings

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