Chapter 3. Firescope Program of California Health And Safety Code >> Division 12. >> Part 1. >> Chapter 3.
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the
FIRESCOPE Act of 1989.
The Office of Emergency Services shall establish and
administer a program, which shall be denominated the FIRESCOPE
Program (FIrefighting RESources of California Organized for Potential
Emergencies), to maintain and enhance the efficiency and
effectiveness of managing multiagency firefighting resources in
responding to an incident. The program shall be based on the concepts
and components developed or under development by the Firescope
project chartered by the United States Congress in 1972. The program
shall provide for the research, development, and implementation of
technologies, facilities, and procedures to assist state and local
fire agencies in the better utilization and coordination of
firefighting resources in responding to incidents.
The goal of the FIRESCOPE Program is the improvement of fire
incident management and the coordination of multiagency firefighting
resources on major or multiple incidents. The program shall include,
but is not limited to, the following areas as part of its research,
development, and implementation objectives:
(a) Improved methods to coordinate multiagency firefighting
resources during major incidents.
(b) Improved methods for forecasting fire behavior.
(c) The capability to assess fire, weather, and terrain conditions
at the scene of an incident.
(d) Standard fire terminology for improving incident management.
(e) Improved multiagency fire communications.
(f) Multiagency training on FIRESCOPE components and products.
(g) A common mapping system, including orthophoto maps.
(h) Improved fire information management systems.
(i) Regional operational coordination centers for regional
multiagency coordination of firefighting resources.
The Office of Emergency Services shall carry out this
chapter in cooperation with the Department of Forestry and Fire
Protection, including the Office of the State Fire Marshal, and with
the advice of the Fire and Rescue Service Advisory
Committee/FIRESCOPE Board of Directors within the Office of Emergency