LAFD Resources Sent To Newhall Pass Fire

Thursday, June 28, 2007 |

Pursuant of a long-standing Automatic Aid Agreement, the Los Angeles Fire Department has assigned air and ground resources to the Los Angeles County Fire Department in their battle against a brush fire near the Newhall Pass, that borders the northern city limits of Los Angeles.

These sixty-nine members of the Los Angeles Fire Department have been dispatched to the wildfire as a result of the blaze being in a formally identified 'Mutual Threat Zone'.

The City of Los Angeles remains fully protected by the use of additional staff and reserve apparatus to cover foreseeable local needs, and we remind local residents that resources can be recalled to our City as necessary.

The men and women of the LAFD ask motorists to remain watchful for these and other convoys of emergency apparatus, and to be mindful of the space necessary for them to safely maneuver on local roads and highways.

Pursuant of protocol, all public and media information regarding this incident, including the actions of assigned LAFD personnel, will be provided by the Los Angeles County Fire Department, which maintains daily jurisdictional authority of the area where the fire is burning.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


m.kahn said...


Know you're busy, but could you define "mutual aid" and "automatic aid", or are they the same? Also, how are they invoked?

Thanks and Stay Safe!

Portland, OR

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...


Thanks for the note. Yes, things are busy... so I'll try to keep it brief.

'Mutual Aid' is when resources respond as the result of a formal request.

Our State's Master Mutual Aid Plan can be seen here.

'Automatic Aid' is when resources respond (automatically) as a part of a pre-existing agreement that is geographically and operationally driven.

Automatic Aid agreements are typically driven by complex algorithms (example: by agreement, we may respond only to 1234 and 1236 Main Street but never 1235 Main Street in Fictional City, and only for working fire incidents when the Fictional City Fire Department is fully committed *and* our closest available resource is no more than 1.46 miles distant.)

As you might imagine, Automatic Aid agreements can require much full-time admininstrative work, and the people who labor intensively in creating and maintaining them are the unsung heroes of the Fire Service.

For our agency, Automatic Aid is by far the most common of the two, with AA occuring many times per day, often to incidents that are adjacent to jurisdictional borders.

I hope this highly simplified explanation helps. Anyone who would like to offer greater clarity is welcome to comment below.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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