When things heat up this today and tomorrow as the weather is expected to, expect to see many of our California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) members diving into a pool of work. The triple digits forecasted for the weekend have CSLEA members at the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) planning for heat-related problems and emergencies. They are already busy overseeing resources related to fire and law enforcement requests in the state.
"We expect our public safety dispatchers at CHP and our communication operators at Cal Fire and State Parks to be very busy this weekend, too," said CSLEA President Alan Barcelona. "We hope that everyone plays it safe during this scorching heat but we know from experience, emergency calls for help go up due to fire, drowning and heat exhaustion calls."
Rangers and lifeguards at the California Department of Parks and Recreation will be busy as Californians and tourists from other states and countries flock to parks, beaches and rivers.
"They will be out in this heat with the very people they work to protect," said Barcelona. "Along with our CSLEA members who are firefighters and arson investigators.
"This is a very busy time of year for us and I'm extremely proud of our members," said Bill Bondshu, president of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Services Association (FMESA). FMESA is one of 18 affiliates under the umbrella of CSLEA. "We do a tremendous job of coming together when a crisis arises to mitigate the situation as quickly as possible. Not only are we asking Californians to play it safe, we want our public safety professionals to be safe as well."