Leadership

Communications for 2,000 Square Miles in L.A. County

Issue 7 and Volume 122.

Communications for 2,000 Square Miles in L.A. County Los Angeles County Fire Department has many problems in providing communications facilities for more than 2,000 of the county’s 4,083 square miles. The department uses 127 pumpers, 12 aerial trucks, 23 rescue squads, three helicopters and two fireboats operating from 113 stations to protect everything from heavy industry in the City of Commerce to watershed areas in the San Gabriel Mountains. The problem of providing adequate communications is enormous in this widespread area bisected by an 8,000foot-high mountain range plus other spines of hills. Three different telephone company area codes bracket the area, including Catalina Island. TV monitors for status board L.A. County recently remodeled its Headquarters Dispatching Center in East Los Angeles and provided for a closed-circuit television system to monitor a status board for the chief engineer’s office. The headquarters center coordinates all operations and provides initial dispatching for the…

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