Meet Jason Morris, Battalion Chief, Emergency Command Center
The mission of the BTU Emergency Command Center (ECC) is to provide a consistent, accurate, timely, and coordinated command and control system, support, direction and communications, with our ultimate goal of providing the best service possible to all who depend on our services. Learn more about ECC Operations including: Staff Depth, Readiness, Telephone System - 911 System, Radio Practices, Statistics, and Expanding ECC Operations.
The Butte County Fire Department's Emergency Command Center (ECC) is the command and control point for all incidents requiring a fire/rescue response in the county of Butte including the Cities of Gridley, Biggs, and Paradise. The command center includes several important key components.
Clear policy and protocols regarding actions to be taken by command center personnel.
Staffed by Experienced Fire Officers
Experienced Fire Captains supervise the Command Center day to day operations. Current ECC Captains have an average of fifteen years of fire line experience.
Clear Authority of Command
Fire Captain supervisors have authority and are expected to make critical decisions prior to the arrival of ground resources. The ECC is in command of all incidents until ground or air resources arrive.
Committed to Incident Support
Once ground or air resources arrive, the ECC transfers command of the incident to the first arriving company officer. The ECC then provides continual support to the incident until it's completion. Large or complex incidents are moved to a dedicated support function. This not only provides the needed attention and support to the major incident or incidents, but allows for continued initial attack operation without distractions from the larger incident.
Aggressive Response Philosophy
The Command Center practices a "worst case" response philosophy, meaning: if there is any question concerning the nature of circumstances of a 911 report, the ECC will send an assignment to meet the needs of the worse possible situation. This provides the public the best service possible.