County of Los Angeles
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICE
Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration500 West Temple Street, Room 713, Los Angeles, California 90012
WILLIAM T FUJIOKA
Chief Executive Offcer
Board of SupervisorsGLORIA MOLINAFirst District
ZEV Y AROSLA VSKY
Supervisor Gloria Molina, ChairSupervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky
Supervisor Don KnabeSupervisor Michael D. Antonovich
DON KNABEFourth District
MICHAEL D. ANTONOVICH
William T Fujioka -- /' ~ -- ( _
Chief Executive Officer ~ ~ ~
FIRE EARLY RESPONSE AND DETECTION SYSTEM - (ITEM NO.8, AGENDA OFJANUARY 12, 2010) - REPORT
As directed by your Board, The Quality and Productivity Commission (Commission) is
pleased to report that it has completed its study of automated early detection and rapid
all weather 24-hour response systems to suppress forest and brush fires.
The Commission found there are options available for early detection of fires and
opportunities for pilot tests in Los Angeles County including surveillance satellite and
ground-based sensor technology systems. To improve firefighting capability, updated
helicopter avionics technology and an automated vehicle locator system are available
options for rapid fire suppression. Lastly, a common set of rules of engagement for
suppressing fires in the extended wildland urban interface is highly needed.
Based on research, interviews, presentations, and analysis of information, the
Commission recommends the Board consider the following four recommendations in an
effort to improve early detection, rapid all weather 24-hour response, and suppression
of wildland fires:
Recommendation 1: Partner with federal agencies in a pilot program to evaluate the
ability of the Advanced Hazard Support System employing satelltes for early detection
and location of wildland fires.
Recommendation 2: Task the Los Angeles County Fire Department to carry out a field
test of ground-based visual surveillance cameras and infrared detection sensors to
identify suitable technology that meets our geographic and operational needs.
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