PG&E Opens Wildfire Safety Operations Center
Wednesday, May 09, 2018 | Comments

In preparation for the 2018 wildfire season, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) opened a new Wildfire Safety Operations Center. The center will monitor potential fire threats across PG&E’s service area in real time and coordinate with first responders and public-safety officials to respond to any emerging threats and help keep communities safe.

The Wildfire Safety Operations Center is part of PG&E’s Community Wildfire Safety Program, launched in March as an additional precautionary measure intended to reduce wildfire threats. Through the program, PG&E is bolstering wildfire prevention and emergency response efforts, putting in place new and enhanced safety measures, and doing more during the long term to harden its electric system to help reduce wildfire risks and to keep its customers safe.

The new center will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, primarily during wildfire season, and will be operational at other times of the year as well, depending on conditions. It will be staffed with highly qualified individuals who are knowledgeable in electric operations, safety, engineering, meteorology and other areas. Located at PG&E’s San Francisco headquarters, its proximity to PG&E’s emergency operations center will ensure close coordination across its wildfire safety operations and emergency response teams. This coordination will include the pre-staging of PG&E crews and wildfire response teams to help keep customers safe.

The center will work closely with PG&E’s meteorologists who monitor weather conditions and potential fire threats. PG&E uses technologies including its own weather monitoring stations mounted strategically throughout its service area. The team also uses publicly available databases, websites and emergency alert systems from local, state and federal agencies.

Center staff also will work closely with fire agencies and community partners to coordinate emergency response efforts. The center will serve as PG&E’s on-the-ground communications hub and will partner with local government and first responders to provide advance and real-time emergency response information to local communities.

PG&E is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States and is based in San Francisco.

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