Each month for the last two years, a Lincoln City Council member has shared their thoughts about goings on in our community.
Public safety being a top priority for all of us, I thought we’d do things a little differently this month and turn to our fire chief and our chief of police for an update from their departments.
- Lincoln Councilman Paul Joiner
From Fire Chief William Hack:
On Aug. 11, the Lincoln Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire on the 600 block of J Street. Units arrived to find heavy fire to the rear of the structure, which extended into the attic and a large portion of the home. The fire also caused damage to telecommunications and cable TV lines in the alley to the rear of the home. The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation. The damage to the lines impacted phone, internet and TV service to a large portion of Lincoln for an extended period of time.
Representatives from Lincoln Fire and Police departments participated in a regional train-the-trainer Rescue Task Force training at William Jessup University. The concept of the Rescue Task Force came from looking at active shooter events around the country. Studies of past active shooter incidents identified that people were dying, due to lack of rapid medical treatment. This program is designed to get victims the quickest possible treatment during active incidents. Fire department and law enforcement leaders joined with labor to create a national standardized model that enables emergency medical services to provide emergency medical intervention faster and within the Incident Command System (ICS) construct. This training will be rolled out to all of Lincoln’s emergency response staff in the near future.
This year, we are seeing unprecedented fires here in California. On July 16, Lincoln responded to assist with battling the Ferguson Fire near Yosemite. While crews were actively involved in battling this blaze since their arrival, all of or fire personnel safely returned home on Aug. 14. As of 8/14 the Ferguson fire was 96,606 acres and 86% contained
One of Lincoln’s Fire Department staff has been deployed to the Carr Fire near Redding on July 31 to serve in the capacity of food unit leader, responsible for managing meals and feeing for all the federal and out-of-state resources assigned to that incident. As of Aug. 14, the Carr fire was 207,162 acres and 65 percent contained.
From Police Chief Doug Lee:
Law enforcement agencies across the nation are having difficulties recruiting new, qualified police officer candidates and the Lincoln Police Department is no exception. For that reason, we are extremely fortunate to have hired four outstanding police officers in the past year, each of them bringing a variety of experience to our department. Additionally, the Lincoln Police Department has not had an officer leave voluntarily (to join another department) in about 10 years. It becomes more impressive when you consider the lack of specialty assignments that many new officers aspire for (K9, Motor/Traffic, SWAT, etc.). This speaks volumes about the quality of the community that we get to serve in!
While the large National Night Out event at Peter Singer Park was cancelled because of heat and the air quality, a number of people hosted events in their homes, their backyards and in the street. I had the privilege of attending several of these events with Mayor Stan Nader and Sgt. Matt Alves, after attending the event at The Meridians. To say that I am grateful for the level of support we enjoy in this community would be an understatement. Thank you all for everything you do.
This year, the Lincoln Police Department has joined 300 other agencies who participate in the Pink Patch Project. In October, you will see our uniformed staff wearing a pink version of our shoulder patch in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We are also selling the patches for $10 each and the entire $10 will be donated to the American Cancer Society. Stop by our front counter during business hours and a volunteer will assist you.
Thank you for continuing to show your support and appreciation for our Lincoln Public Safety employees!