Photos credit: Orange County Fire Authority
The Los Angeles County Fire Department participated in the annual SOLAR (San Bernardino, Orange, Los Angeles and Riverside) Tonner Canyon Training Exercise in Brea. The training took place on Tuesday, May 14 and Wednesday, May 15, 2019.
Each year in May, SOLAR fire agencies gather to host the SOLAR simulated drill which enhances communication and partnerships in wildfire preparedness in Tonner Canyon. Tonner Canyon is a shared geographical area for the affected fire agencies.
Following the 2008 Freeway Complex Fire, the affected fire agencies met to discuss lessons learned. As a result, they formed a mutual threat working group to address protocols, communication skills, mutual and automatic aid agreements, pre-attack plans and improve unified commands.
The SOLAR exercise provides an opportunity to collaborate on a plan of action with numerous incident commanders based on one unified command. Through intense training exercises, the agencies prepare themselves to efficiently manage any future incidents.