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  •  Mutual aid (4+ / 0-)
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    Felicia, peggy, adrianrf, glorificus

    for me is usually if a fire gets bigger or threatens adjacent houses, we'll call dispatch and ask them to send help.  They then decide if they have anybody on our team or they need to call the next county over.  

    We'll tell them how many trucks we anticipate needing, or for example if we need a ladder truck or specific type of equipment.  If our ladder is out, they'll call around and see who can send one, next county over or whatever.

    Similarly we may listen to somebody else's channel, and if they get a bad wreck or a mass casualty situation, we'll go stand by near the county line to better position ourselves for either county having another call come in.

    But I've never been involved in something of the scope where you'd have 18+ agencies.  It just seems like insane overkill to me, and represents deep issues within that community.

    •  CEMA (1+ / 0-)
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      peggy

      A primer on CEMA, Califronia Emergency Management Agency Law Enforcement Division - Mutual Aid, is here:
      http://www.google.com/...

      CEMA webpage for Law Enforcement:
      http://www.calema.ca.gov/...

      The state is divided into 7 regions. Each region has a Sheriff as the Regional Law Enforcement Mutual Aid Coordinator.

      Oakland is in Region II.

      In Region II are the following counties:
      Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Sonoma, Lake, Napa, Marin, Solano, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara, San Benito, Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Mateo and San Francisco.

      The Regional Law Enforcement Mutual Aid Coordinator for Region II is Sheriff Greg Ahern, Alameda County.

      From the primer:
      The mutual aid process is as follows:
      Local – The Chief of Police determines the unusual event is beyond the department resources, requests mutual aid from Sheriff.

      County (Operational Area) – If the event is beyond the resource capability of the Sheriff’s Office and other in-county law enforcement resources, the Sheriff requests mutual aid from the Regional Mutual Aid Coordinator.

      Region – The Sheriff of the affected region, who has been designated as the Regional Mutual Aid Coordinator, will attempt to fill the mutual aid     request from operational areas (counties) within the region.

      State – If the law enforcement resources within the impacted region are not sufficient, the Regional Coordinator requests additional mutual aid assistance from the State Law Enforcement Mutual Aid Coordinator.  Other mutual aid regions may be called upon to assist.

    •  CEMA revisited (1+ / 0-)
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      peggy

      The Blue Book on Law Enforcement Mutual Aid:
      http://www.calema.ca.gov/...

      It reads to me that the approval would have been through the Regional Coordinator, p15, which is the Alameda Sheriff.

      •  That's interesting (0+ / 0-)

        and makes a lot of sense.

        Still complete overkill to engage this system IMHO.  

        •  'successful uses' (0+ / 0-)

          HISTORY AND AUTHORITY

          The Law Enforcement Mutual Aid system has been used successfully for many years. Notable
          events involving use of this system include:

          Northern California Floods
          Firestorms of 2003, 2007
          Transportation accidents, air crashes
          Watts Riots
          People’s Park – Berkeley Civil Unrest
          Huntington Beach “Surf” Riot
          Loma Prieta Earthquake
          East Bay Hills (Oakland) Fire
          Several Environmental Protests
          Los Angeles Civil Unrest
          Polly Klaas and other large searches
          Elem Indian Reservation SWAT Incident
          Hollister “Wild Bunch” Motorcycle Events
          Sund-Peloso Yosemite Murders
          Regional SWAT Mutual Aid Callout for Fresno Deputy’s Killer

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