An Andeavor donation helps ensure safety in East Bay parks
Emergencies happen everywhere— in our homes, at work, in our cars, even while we’re out enjoying a walk with the dog. Preventing accidents is always preferable, but when disaster does strike, you want to know that someone is nearby to assist. The sheer volume of land and number of people visiting East Bay parks each year pose challenges when it comes to public safety.
To ensure the safety of park visitors, the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) employs over 1,000 staff members, including a full Public Safety Division comprising a fire department; aquatic safety services; and a police force that operates a fleet of rapid-response vehicles including fire engines, cars/SUVs,motorcycles, bicycles, ATVs, equestrian units, boats and helicopters.
In 2016, the Public Safety Division received 9,848 calls for service. Service calls range from lost hikers, to vandalism and stolen property, to more serious crimes such as assault and homicide. But they also deal with disasters such as earthquakes, mudslides and wildfires. Some of these efforts require a coordinated multiagency response that relies on sophisticated tools such as imaging and radar to detect humans, animals, chemicals, biological agents and more, and radio, cellular and satellite communications for real-time updates from the land, air and water, as well as weather tracking systems. Being able to set up a state-of-the-art tactical communication center wherever needed gives the Park District greater flexibility and swifter emergency response capabilities.
A retrofitted 1989 Fleetwood RV Mobile Incident Command Center (MICC) vehicle, handed down to the EBRPD by the City of Oakland Fire Department, had reached the end of its service life and broken down while on duty numerous times in recent years, resulting in delayed deployment and slower emergency coordination. With the help of a $75,000 grant from the Andeavor Foundation, the Park District was able to acquire a suitable replacement. Thanks to Andeavor Foundation’s support, the millions of EBRPD visitors can enjoy the outdoors, assured that the Park District once again has the ability to provide rapid, effective response to crime, fires, and other natural disasters, accidents, and general public safety incidents. Furthermore, the MICC is a valuable asset and community outreach tool to support public safety in the East Bay parks and the Bay Area in general.
“On behalf of the East Bay Regional Park District Public Safety Division, we thank Andeavor for its donation through the Regional Parks Foundation. This generous donation made it possible for us to build a state-of-the-art mobile incident command vehicle that will be utilized for years to come.” —Police Lt. Lance Brede