Monterey Park dedicated its new Emergency Operations Center (EOC), built at the cost of more than $500,000, thanks to a federal grant.
Birrlls & Files: --Barron Photo
The dedication was held Wednesday, July 17, 2013 before local officials, firefighters and police officers at 329 East Newmark Ave, across the street from the Monterey Park City Hall.
The new EOC will serve as the command center for coordinating response and recovery efforts in the event of natural or man-made disasters, such as an earthquake, fires or flooding.
It replaces a much smaller facility, a meeting room, located in the city hall building.
The new 2,000 sq. ft. facility will also be used for training and emergency exercises.
Besides having state of the art communications equipment, the facility is powered by a 100 kilowatt back-up generator and supplies to support a staff in an emergency situation.
Fire Chief Jim Birrell thanked the city staff and officials for helping make the new EOC a reality. He singled out Captain Shannon Files, Management Analyst Lillian Bow, and firefighters Jonathan Gin and Ruben Olivares for serving on the team that developed the facility.
He also expressed appreciation to Congresswoman Judy Chu for her support in obtaining a federal grant to construct the facility.
Mayor Teresa Real Sebastian along with Council members Anthony Wong, Hans Liang, Peter Chan and Mitchell Ing, as well as City Clerk Vincent Chang and Treasurer Joseph Leon were present to offer congratulations to the Fire Department.
Construction of the facility began in December 2012 and was completed in May. The structure has a cottage design similar to the man homes located on the street.
Attending the event were State Senator Ed Hernandez, Assemblyman Ed Chau, and representatives from Supervisor Gloria Molina and Congresswoman Chu.. Representatives of several neighboring fire departments including Glendale and Pasadena were also present at the dedication.