The Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) has acquired two brand-new All Hazard Incident Management Trailers, Command 1 and Command 2, that will serve as the base of operations during major incidents. Personnel with a Class A commercial driver license will haul the 53-foot trailers to incident command posts using tractor-trailers.
Over 60 personnel began training on the basics of setting up and operating the trailers on February 22 and 23, 2018, in Pacoima. Assistant Chief of Forestry Mike Takeshita, who coordinated the logistics for the trailers, said that they are “incident-ready” should they be called upon for use. Chief Takeshita worked with subject matter experts from throughout the Department to equip the trailers, and extended his thanks to Power Equipment Specification Writer David Thornton, Battalion Chief Mike Lewis, and Chief Information Officer Robert Sawyer for their support.
The purchase of the trailers was made possible via by 2015 Urban Area Security Initiative Grant. A third trailer is projected to be added to the LACoFD fleet in 2019.