Board Watch: New Wildland Firefighting Gear and More

By September 23, 2016LACoFD News
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In June, the National Association of Counties presented the Los Angeles County Fire Department with the association’s Achievement Award in Civic Education and Public Information for the Department’s CPR Anytime initiative. File photo by Douglas G. Morrison.

by Pearl Castillo

County LogoAt its regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 20, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors presented scrolls; approved the acceptance of Fiscal Year 2015 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) for new wildland gear; made declarations; and issued proclamations and recognitions.

The Board presented scrolls to County departments, including the Fire Department, that won 2016 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards. NACo in June honored the Fire Department with its Achievement Award in Civic Education and Public Information for the CPR Anytime initiative.

The Board approved the Department’s request to accept the $956,522 in AFG funds from the Department of Homeland Security for the 2015 fiscal year. The money will be used to purchase 2,750 sets of single-layer wildland personal protective equipment (PPE) for firefighters. The AFG requires a 15 percent match of $143,478 that will come from the Department’s budget.

Finally, the Board declared Sept. 18-24 to be “Employ Older Workers Week” and Sept. 22-28 as “Fall Prevention Awareness Week”; proclaimed Sept. 27 as “National Voter Registration Day” and October 2016 to be “Quality and Productivity Month”; recognized Oct. 1 as “NAMI Walks Day”; and recognized Oct. 6 as “California Rideshare Week.”