The FIRESCOPE program originated in Southern California, organized
under the acronym, “FIrefighting REsources
of Southern California Organized
for Potential Emergencies”
in 1972. By legislative action, the FIRESCOPE Board of Directors
and the Office of Emergency Services Fire and Rescue Service Advisory
Committee were consolidated into a working partnership on September
10, 1986. This consolidation represents all facets of local, rural,
and metropolitan fire departments, the California Department of
Forestry and Fire Protection, and federal fire agencies.
Through this partnership, FIRESCOPE was established as a statewide
program under the redefined acronym “FIrefighting RESources
of California Organized for Potential Emergencies.” To further
support FIRESCOPE’s statewide program, CALFIRMS (CALifornia
Fire Information Resource Management Systems) in Northern California
joined with FIRESCOPE as the Northern Operations Team. Under provisions
set forth by Senate Bill 27, chaptered on October 2, 1989, under
Health and Safety Code Section 13070, the Office of Emergency
Services (OES), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
(Cal Fire) and the State Fire Marshal (SFM) are to jointly establish
and administer the FIRESCOPE Program.
On January 1, 2009 the Office of Emergency Services (OES) merged
with the Office of Homeland Security (OHS) under provisions set
forth under Assembly Bill 38 and became the California Emergency
Management Agency (Cal EMA).
The FIRESCOPE program is intended to complete the legislative
attempt to unify these various fire agencies together into one
voice and direction. The character of this group is comprised
of diverse fire agencies derived from the founding legislation.
The synergy created by these diverse fire agencies truly provides
valuable input to the Secretary of the California Emergency Management
Agency (Cal EMA) in addressing the future of fire/rescue services
in California and assures excellent representation for the continued
development of FIRESCOPE products.
The organization/program of the Cal EMA Advisory Board and the
organization/program of FIRESCOPE are to deal with mutual aid,
cooperative agreements, and fire/rescue regional policy issues
and to advise the Secretary of Cal EMA in matters of statewide
The decision-making process for these matters rest within a majority-rule
process based on the size of the Board and limited discussion
time; minority viewpoints are also forwarded to the Cal EMA Secretary