Assembly Bill 1544 by Mike Gipson is also a priority bill pertaining to EMS. This bill would establish a statewide Community Paramedicine or Triage to Alternate Destination Act based on successful pilot projects. The bill continues to move though the Legislature despite the strident opposition of the California Nurses Association. A host of bills in the areas of emergency planning and fire mitigation will be taken up in August. Assembly Bill 1516 by Laura Friedman would extend defensible space projects in very high fire severity zones. Along with your leadership, we have actively sought and obtained amendments to prevent negative impacts on local districts while realistic funding sources are obtained in the future. Several measures promote more effective alert and warning systems including Senate Bill 130 (Galgiani), Senate Bill 560 (McGuire) and Senate Bill 670 (McGuire), which specifically applies to power outages that limits the public from making 9-1-1 calls. Finally, SB 209 (Dodd) would establish a California Wildfire Warning Center to monitor and asses fire-weather threats. The Legislative Task Force has set priorities on these bills, as well as several dozen other measures, which will keep the advocacy team busy over the last 4 weeks of the Legislative Session until adjournment on September 13, 2019.
As we usher summer away and kids head back to school, California’s fire service remains diligent. California’s fire seasons have demonstrat...