Lawmakers Urge More Firefighting Resources in San Diego
A congressional hearing in Fallbrook today considered ways federal resources could respond better to future wildfires, but focused mainly on the need to strengthen San Diego County resources. KPBS rep
(Photo (left to right): Congressmen Brian Bilbray, Darrell Issa and Denise Kucinich preside over the congressional hearing on fire preparedness in Southern California. Alison St John/KPBS )
A congressional hearing in Fallbrook today considered ways federal resources could respond better to future wildfires, but focused mainly on the need to strengthen San Diego County resources. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
Congressman Dennis Kucinich chaired the hearing, which he characterized as a fact finding meeting to examine fire preparedness in Southern California. One of the main facts to emerge is how much less San Diego County spends on fire prevention and preparedness than other Southern California counties.
Kucinich says changing weather patterns and expanded development means San Diego county needs to do more to strengthen its fire fighting abilities.
Kucinich: And this is really about whether or not communities have the ability to protect themselves so that in case someone else can’t help you then you can protect yourself.
However Kucinich agreed with San Diego Congressmen Daryll Issa and Brian Bilbray that the federal government might be able to respond faster with high tech resources like the predator drone that can see through smoke to map fires.
They also said California should allow their CAL Fire helicopters to fly at night, since the city of San Diego’s copter has proved that can be done.
Alison St John, KPBS News.