Emergency Command Center
Scope and Coverage
CAL FIRE engines, fire crews, dozers and aircraft are a familiar sight throughout the State. Their responsibility is to protect over 31 million acres of California’s privately owned wild lands. The Perris ECC is directly responsible for command and control as these resources respond throughout the state as part of the State’s mission of protecting the property and resources of California. In Riverside County alone this accounts for nine (9) fire stations, three conservation camps, two dozers, and the Hemet Ryan Air Attack Base.
The Perris ECC is also California’s Emergency Management Agency (CAL EMA) Local Area Coordinator for the California Fire Service and Rescue Emergency Mutual Aid System. The purpose of the plan is to provide for systematic mobilization, organization and operation of necessary fire and rescue resources of the state and political subdivisions in mitigating the effects of disasters, whether natural or man-caused. This is a statewide plan to facilitate mutual aid to local fire departments which are faced with a disaster, fire, flood, earthquake, hazmat or other emergency, that is beyond the ability of the local fire department to mitigate without loss of life or property.
In accordance with standard FIRESCOPE Incident Command System (ICS), the Perris ECC is able to expand and contract in relation to activity and incident needs. One means of facilitating this is with the activation of Perris ECC Expanded operations; augmenting on- duty personnel with trained personnel making up the expanded cadre. Expanded is able to support local incidents with direct radio, logistical and informational support while not impacting the main command floor. Expanded is also utilized for mobilizing personnel and resources in support of fires throughout California and the Western United States.
Two alternate Emergency Command Centers, located in Riverside and Indio are maintained to provide redundancy as a backup to the Perris ECC as communication centers in support of Riverside County Office of Emergency Services (OES) to coordinate multi-agency disaster management within Riverside County.