Broad Coalition Encourages Support for Package of Bills to Create a California Wildfire Warning Center, Develop More Skilled Firefighters, and Establish Defensible Space Standards
Sacramento, CA – Action for Wildfire Resiliency, a broad coalition of labor, public safety groups, businesses and utilities is encouraging support for a package of measures calling for enhanced prevention to reduce wildfire risk. The legislative proposals include efforts to:
- create a wildfire warning center,
- increase investment in emergency response and skilled workers,
- provide financial assistance and rebates to homeowners who take certain fire safety precautions, and
- require the State Fire Marshal to develop defensible space guidelines.
Previously, the coalition pushed for passage of AB 1054, signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom in July, establishing clear rules and accountability to help the state better prevent, prepare for, respond to and rebuild from catastrophic wildfires.
The following is a statement from coalition spokesperson Robin Swanson:
“Action for Wildfire Resiliency recognizes that more can and should be done to reduce the risk of wildfires and ensure sufficient resources are available to fight fires when they do occur.
More than 35 member organizations support a package of measures intended to boost California’s fire prevention efforts and to improve emergency response around the state. Common sense measures like creating a California Wildfire Warning Center and standards and public awareness around defensible space are important next steps. We also think it’s important to provide financial assistance and rebates to homeowners who are taking important steps to prevent wildfires in their neighborhoods and communities.”
Highlights of the package include:
SB 190 (Dodd) to require the State Fire Marshal to develop a model defensible space ordinance and informational guides to improve public awareness of the standards.
SB 209 (Dodd) to establish the California Wildfire Warning Center, a statewide network of automated weather and environmental monitoring stations that will conduct fire-weather forecasting and threat assessment to aid in wildfire prevention and response.
AB 38 (Wood) to establish the Fire Hardened Homes Revolving Loan and Rebate Fund to provide financial assistance and rebates to owners of eligible buildings to pay for fire hardening improvements and vegetation management costs necessary to create non-combustible defensible space.
AB 1668 (Carrillo) to open pathways to employment and skill development while increasing the number of qualified firefighters.
To learn more about these bills and other legislation supported by Action for Wildfire Resiliency, please click here.