October 21, 2017

Helping Our Neighbors – Disaster Assistance

During disasters, public employees are routinely called up to serve residents of the most impacted communities. During the current fires, Suisun City Police Officers, Firefighters and Public Safety Dispatchers have assisted in a broad range of fire area assignments in Solano, Napa and Sonoma counties.

Meanwhile, non-sworn Public Works and other personnel are involved in disaster training, as well as keeping our usual operations on track.

Our Police Officers have concluded their several days of day and night assignments in Santa Rosa where they assisted with evacuations, road closures and looting patrols.

One reason our officers are no longer going to Santa Rosa is because they are needed here in Solano County. Our officers helped with evacuations in Jameson Canyon on Thursday morning. We are deploying eight sworn officers to patrol local evacuation zones overnight and another four officers to assist Fairfield Police during the day.

We also are deploying Dispatchers to assist Fairfield Police, and in other operational dispatch situations.

The Suisun City Fire Department sent Truck 47, an engine and a brush truck to support fire operations in Green Valley area earlier this week.  They’ve all been released, but stand ready to be reactivated on short notice.

Because we need to pitch in to help other agencies, we are relying more on self-reporting tools for non-injury incidents.  A full list of these services can be found at https://police.suisun.com/eservices/

Please limit calls to the Public Safety Dispatch Center to life safety issues, as much as possible, as Dispatchers are handling a very large number of calls for service at this time.

These responses are part of California’s well-established mutual aid protocols for both fire service and law enforcement. Essentially, it’s a formalized process by which neighboring agencies respond to help nearby communities in dire need.

To maintain staffing levels necessary to provide excellent law enforcement response within Suisun City, the officers assigned to mutual aid assistance are currently on their assigned days off and called to work as a result of the declared state of emergency.

Public service agencies from across California and beyond are mobilizing all necessary forces to assist residents impacted by the unfolding wild fire disaster.  Suisun City has a long history of answering the call to assist other communities.