At a State Capitol news conference on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby joined with Local 1014 President Dave Gillotte, California Professional Firefighters President Lou Paulson and California Fire Chiefs Association President Mike Duree of Long Beach Fire to call for the investment of cap-and-trade funding to help address the extreme threats climate change poses to Californians.
“For California’s firefighters, the impact of climate change isn’t a theoretical discussion: Climate disasters are a reality that we confront every day,” said Lou Paulson, president of California Professional Firefighters. “To protect Californians and the climate, our local and state response network needs more resources in place to keep small fires from becoming environmental disasters.”
“Our world-class mutual aid system is built on the motto of ‘one team … one fight,’” said Chief Osby. “If we are to protect California from the risks posed by climate disasters, we need to make sure that our entire system is equipped and ready. No one agency can do the job by itself. We have to work together.”
If allocated, the funding could be used for expanded training, disaster response engines, equipment, support for local agency emergency response and to restore funding lost with the repeal of the State Responsibility Area fee.