Law enforcement to review Angora fire response
Law enforcement and fire officials will review their response to the Angora fire, possibly this week.
It’s standard procedure after a major disaster, and discussion regarding what went well and what can be improved will be addressed, according to El Dorado County sheriff’s Lt. Marty Hackett.
“We’re right now starting to get a chance to look at what took place from start to finish,” said Hackett, head of the county’s Office of Emergency Services.
“We think things went exceptionally well,” he added.
Hackett did not say what could be improved, preferring to wait until the officials convened and everybody has a chance to present their facts.
South Lake Tahoe Fire Chief Lorenzo Gigliotti said the initial response to let people know about the fire danger was through reverse 911 systems such as Connect Ed. The system allows Lake Tahoe Unified School District to call parents with a recorded message regarding events such as snow days.
In addition, law enforcement and other officials went door-to-door notifying people of evacuations.
The Emergency Alert Service, that blast of sound on television or radio that rakes eardrums, did not run because officials believed the phone calls and physical presence of people fighting the fire were sufficient.
Hackett said people could be away from their television or have the device turned off or be asleep and miss the alert, which can take about 15 to 20 minutes to prepare.
“The first tactic that we use on any evacuation is we go door-to-door,” Hackett said. “We will never get away from that.”