Butte County Holding Public Meetings for Input on Fire Service
Butte County is holding several public meetings to gather more public input for the evaluation of options to restructure the Butte County Fire Department. The County opened up a survey this May to gather input from residents and received nearly 1,000 responses. Survey results indicate most of the respondents have had good experiences with the Butte County Fire Department and are satisfied with the service. At the same time, the majority of those who responded are interested in studying alternatives to the current Fire Department structure. “Like the public, we are also very pleased with the Butte County Fire Department,” said Paul Hahn, the County’s Chief Administrative Officer. “The relationship we enjoy with CAL FIRE, which provides staffing for the County Fire Department, has benefited both the County and the State. Our primary concern is the ability for the County to afford the current service into the future.”
Now, public meetings provide an opportunity for residents to provide their opinions for restructuring the Fire Department. Four meetings will be held throughout the County over the next two weeks at the following locations:
- Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Paradise Memorial Hall, 6550 Skyway Road in Paradise.
- Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Chico Memorial Hall, 554 Rio Lindo Avenue in Chico.
- Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southside Community Center, 2959 Lower Wyandotte Road in Oroville.
- Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Dorothy Johnson Center, 775 E. 16th Street in Chico.
Download community meeting presentation.
Wildland Fire Incident Drill June 22nd
Practicing makes us all more prepared. June 22nd the County's Office of Emergency Management, CALFIRE Butte County Fire, and the Town of Paradise are holding a Wildland Fire Incident Drill so the whole community can practice responding like it's an actual wildland fire. Exercises like this are held to evaluate and validate plans that are in place to guide emergency response during a real incident, such as a wildland fire, and to give multiple agencies a chance to practice a coordinated response. The evacuation plan for the Town of Paradise, which also assists the Upper Ridge, will be exercised during the drill. This helps the County and the Town of Paradise evaluate what has only been on paper until now. The drill on June 22nd will simulate the evacuation of certain zones within the Town of Paradise based on the evacuation plans for the Town of Paradise and the Upper Ridge.
One-Way Evacuation Operation (THIS IS A DRILL)
The Skyway from Elliott Road to Pearson Road will be put into One-Way Evacuation Operation during the drill on June 22nd from approximately 6:30 a.m. until 8:00 a.m in order to simulate evacuation conditions during an actual incident. It is important for residents to understand how the One-Way Evacuation Operation works on the Skyway because it may be used during an evacuation for wildland fire events if it is necessary to get residents out of the area. On the Skyway, the One-Way Evacuation Operation entails the center lane being one-way down the Skyway. The center lane will not be available for left-hand turns for traffic traveling on the Skyway. The objective is to provide vehicles traveling down the Skyway with a clear path out of the area. The Town of Paradise will place signs along the Skyway prior to the drill to inform the community about the One-Way Traffic Operation.
On June 22nd, remember, THIS IS A DRILL. Look for the icon stating THIS IS A DRILL on information related to the drill. The County's Office of Emergency Management, Town of Paradise, CALFIRE Butte County Fire, and Butte County Sheriff's Office will post information leading up to the drill to help residents learn how to be prepared for wildfires. Look for information in the news, on social media, and online, then, GET PREPARED.
Share Your Preparedness on Social Media
Preparing for emergencies takes the whole community, which mean the agencies who respond and the residents who live in the community. Use the hashtag #ButtePrepares to show what you are doing to prepare for wildfire season or any potential disaster. Show off your defensible space, your evacuation kit, your communication plan, or anything you have done to be prepared. We know #ButtePrepares, so let's see it.