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EAST BAY HILLS FIRE REVIEW PROGRESS UPDATE

 EAST BAY HILLS FIRE REVIEW PROGRESS UPDATE
 SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The multiagency review


of the response to the East Bay Hills Fire is expected to be completed by mid-February, according to the California Office of Emergency Services. OES was asked to conduct the review by Oakland Mayor Elihu Harris.
 The review panel includes 13 public safety professionals from fire and emergency services agencies throughout the state, looking at various aspects of the fire response. The panel is chaired by OES Assistant Director Michael Guerin.
 The review process involves three phases: 1) review of documents, tapes, and logs of the departments involved; 2) personal interviews with several responding firefighters and command officers from Oakland, Berkeley, Piedmont, and other fire departments; and 3) a written survey provided for completion by every responding department.
 Conclusions and findings in the February report will center on several issues:
 -- Training, types of equipment, and the degree of
 familiarity with large fires of this type.
 -- Dispatch center activities, including flow of
 information and radio traffic, staffing, and radio
 channel availability.
 -- The alarm process, including situation reports,
 requests for assistance, and the perceived severity of
 the situation.
 -- Use of the Fire and Rescue Mutual Aid System, speed of
 mutual aid response, familiarity with procedures.
 -- Individual firefighter strategy and tactics on the
 fireline. (A profile of firefighter injuries is also
 being developed.)
 -- Span of control, delegation, and coordination; use of
 the Incident Command System. (ICS, an organized system
 for command and control during emergency incidents, is
 widely used by fire and police agencies throughout the

 state.)
 -- Flow of information to the public and the media,
 including issues of access and evacuations.
 -- Critical Incident Stress and availability of mental
 health professionals to "debrief" responders.
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 /CONTACT: Tom Mullins of California Office of Emergency Services, 916-427-6659/ CO: California Office of Emergency Services ST: California IN: SU:


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