Leadership

Quake Country

Issue 4 and Volume 141.

Quake Country INCIDENT REPORT Communications were shaky at first, but planning smoothed a disaster response in Whittier, Calif. About three weeks before Wall Street experienced its big shake-up last October, the city of Whittier, Calif., received a jolt of its own. On October 1, a strong earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale hit Los Angeles County at 7:42 a.m., with Whittier receiving most of the damage. The earthquake’s effects extended to a 20mile radius; 16 aftershocks measured 3 or more on the Richter scale later that afternoon. Station 28 of the Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to calls in Whittier’s downtown section. Like 43 other municipalities in the greater Los Angeles region, Whittier contracts with the county for fire protection. Including reserve equipment, the station had two engine companies, one truck company, two paramedic rescue squads, and one salvage unit on hand. The battalion chief for our area…

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