This week, the California Problem Solvers Caucus announced that they have requested $25 million in the 2022-23 state budget for wildfire response technology. The funds, combined with the $17.9 million already in the 2021 budget cycle, will accelerate the expansion and upgrade of California’s state-of-the-art ALERTWildfire surveillance and detection system. A copy of the letter can be viewed here.
“Raining ash and orange skies have become a painful reality in California,” said Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton). “As wildfire seasons become longer and more dangerous, we need the best technology available to support a nimble and effective fire response. The safety of first responders and the public should be our number one priority, and additional investment in this innovative program is an appropriate down payment on that obligation.”
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