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Sup. Fletcher Receives Board Support For 100,000 Grant from SDG&E to Help Firefighters & First Responders

09/15/20

Firefighters will receive more help battling wildfires with a $100,000 grant being made to the County Fire Authority from San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) to purchase cutting-edge software called Intterra. Today, Supervisor Nathan Fletcher introduced -- Item #2: Acceptance of Donation from the San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation for the Use of Regional Intterra Software by County Fire -- and the Board passed the measure for the County to  accept the contribution 

“Right now is a very challenging time for firefighters and first responders,” said Supervisor Fletcher. “It’s important we make sure they are equipped with the latest innovations to save lives, battle fires and be stewards of our environment. Thanks to SDG&E's generous donation, they will be able to accomplish those goals and more.” 

Today’s action authorizes the County to accept the donation from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Foundation and establish appropriations of $100,000 to augment the existing GIS Solutions Software contract with Intterra. This Software will enable the Fire Authority to analyze and monitor incidents and significant events in our operational area, decrease response time, and improve overall firefighting efficiencies.

“Intterra provides a unique opportunity to collect and display all our GIS data in one platform, providing a simple and effective tool for emergency responders,” said CAL FIRE Chief Tony Mecham of the County Fire Authority. 

Intterra is a cloud-based visualization software that will support the integration of the Regional Public Safety Geodatabase (RPSG) to maintain a directory of community pre-plans for all agencies in the County. Additionally, the software will provide a geospatial interface for the Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) and Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) programs used for dispatching and tracking emergency service incidents, allowing the collection of analytics to monitor response times and other related data.

“Real-time situational awareness is critical to wildfire safety, so we are proud to support CalFIRE and the County of San Diego’s firefighting efforts through this state-of-the-art technology,” said Caroline Winn, chief executive officer, SDG&E. “Integrating innovation and safety to reinforce and improve public safety in the communities we serve is something we do at SDG&E every day. We look forward to continuing to support our public safety partners in our common mission.”

The Fire-Rescue Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that has been a longstanding partner of the County. The Fire-Rescue Foundation is dedicated to supporting regional fire safety efforts throughout the County by working collaboratively to enhance fire response capabilities, which benefits the communities countywide

"Our fire-rescue personnel should be working with the best resources available when battling dangerous wildfires,” said Rachel Laing, board chair, San Diego Fire-Rescue Foundation. "It can be prohibitively expensive for a local department to purchase the equipment and technology that San Diego County is receiving and can use to the benefit of the entire region. This donation will strengthen the County's emergency-response capabilities to help keep our region safe during major incidents.”

Over the past 15 years, the County of San Diego (County) has collaborated closely with internal and external agencies to improve our wildland fire response and emergency preparedness efforts. Today, our region’s wildfire preparedness and day-to-day response to fire and medical emergencies in the backcountry are better than ever. Since the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors (Board) approved the formation of the San Diego County Fire Authority (Fire Authority) in 2008, the County has implemented a cooperative approach to provide a greater depth of resources by partnering with CAL FIRE to provide services as one department, County Fire. In the last five years, County Fire has more than doubled in size, increasing the number of first responder personnel, career-staffed fire stations, and the level of services provided to communities.