ORIGIN of the Bill:
1. B. Tina Ebey – citizen of San Jose, California
2. To my knowledge no similar bill has been introduced in any previous session.
1. PROPOSAL SUMMARY.
The proposal will authorize bonds to fund live feed satellite coverage into every fire station in the state to cut the response time of our honorable firefighters and increase speed and accuracy of advance warning to affected citizens.
At present most firefighters are on call. Based on research, firefighters too frequently lack access to the latest data regarding fire movements. This results in unnecessary delays for the firefighters to reach critical areas. It also results in firefighters not being able to alert citizens in a timely and efficient manner.
This proposal addresses the need for immediate live feed coverage into every station so that the firemen can carefully monitor their geographic area. Surveillance will include computer signaling of potential trouble spots to be investigated. In response multiple approaches can be initiated including surveillance drones, alerts through smartphone apps or live crews for additional protection.
5. ORGANIZATIONAL SUPPORT.
Silicon Valley Technology Leaders
US Government Weather Satellites
6. ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT.
Global warming is increasing the potential for longer, hotter summers, droughts and more fires in California, putting firefighters and citizens at greater risk. The proposal would:
1. Employ use of existing technology used to protect our State, the people and the firefighters.
2. Enhance the effectiveness of current methods of fighting fires with comprehensive live feed coverage.
3. Gives the firefighters the ability to respond more efficiently by being deployed to target an fight fires in their geographic area.
7. ORGANIZATIONAL OPPOSITION.
None at present.
8. ARGUMENTS IN OPPOSITION.
1. We have enough fire protection in the State.
2. The State can not afford any more expenditures.
3. Fires have become a fire hazard we have to learn to live with.
9. BACKGROUND INFORMATION.
Notes enclosed below.
B. Tina Ebey
408-216-0278 home office