Department Of Homeland Security's Emergency Operation Plan

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). This declaration also allowed the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate federal efforts to assist state, local, and tribal governments and work with private and faith-based voluntary organizations to provide aid to the people of California (FEMA, California, 2004, p. 4). The plan Due to the size and complexity of the Cedar fire, there is not one single agency’s emergency operation plan, but rather several plans from different agencies of all levels that influence the tactical decisions and resource utilization. FIRESCOPE, the Incident Command System, and the National Fire Plan resulted from lessons learned from previous fires and benefited the fire service and citizens of the Cedar fire. FIRESCOPE- The FIRESCOPE program originated in Southern California, organized under the acronym, “FIrefighting REsources of Southern California Organized for Potential Emergencies” in 1972 (FIRESCOPE, n.d., p. 1). This program was essentially a mutual aid agreement that represents all facets of local, rural, and metropolitan fire departments, the California Department of Forestry, and the fire protection, and federal fire agencies (FIRESCOPE, n.d.). Incident Command System is a standardized on-scene incident management concept designed specifically to allow responders to provide a span of control through an integrated organizational structure equal to the complexity and demands of any single incident or multiple incidents without being
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