Supervisor Barger calls for mutual aid with San Bernardino County to provide emergency management support

LOS ANGELES COUNTY – The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger to adopt a mutual aid agreement with San Bernardino County to provide emergency management and public works support in the event of an emergency in the Mount Baldy Cooperative Area.

The Mount Baldy Cooperative Area consists of Bear Canyon Road, Hill Avenue, Oak Drive and Bear Drive located within Los Angeles County and Mount Baldy Road commencing at the Los Angeles County/San Bernardino Counties boundary. This region has experienced several fires followed by flooding and debris flow that have led to property damage and significant threats to individual safety for residents in the region.

“I am pleased to support this mutual aid agreement between Los Angeles County and San Bernardino County, which will help us achieve a unified, timely and effective response and recovery should the region experience any wildfires, flooding, or other adverse weather conditions,” Supervisor Barger said. “Our efforts will help in our shared goal to protect residents, land and wildlife.”

Previously, the Los Angeles County and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s and Fire Departments have established mutual assistance agreements to support firefighting, law enforcement, and search and rescue efforts. Today’s action by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors enacts similar agreements for emergency management and public works activities.

“We have been working on this agreement for a very long time,” San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford said. “I appreciate Supervisor Barger’s leadership and her willingness to work with San Bernardino County on this important effort. This agreement ensures that our residents are better served and protected when incidents occur.”

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