10.04.10

ADVISORY: Station Fire Congressional Panel to Reconvene

Pasadena, CA- A Congressional panel to further investigate the circumstances surrounding the Station Fire will reconvene on Tuesday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Richard H. Chambers U.S. Court of Appeals Building in Pasadena.

The panel will delve into the events of the first day of the Station Fire, which cost the lives of two brave firefighters, and threatened or destroyed the homes of a great many constituents in the 29th District and surrounding communities. A previously scheduled panel had to be postponed when Congress was call back into session unexpectedly.

“The goal is to hear from representatives of the Forest Service and other responding agencies, as well as outside experts and critics, to shed additional light on firefighting procedures and techniques, how they were applied during the Station Fire, and how they should be revised to improve outcomes in the future,” Rep. Schiff said.

The panel will supplement a separate investigation by the GAO, called for by Rep. Schiff and other members. In conjunction with the Station Fire Congressional Panel on Oct. 12, Rep. Schiff is inviting members of the public to submit questions they would like to be asked at the panel. Questions that relate to the Station Fire and the firefighting effort, and are submitted by 5 p.m. PST this Friday, Oct. 8, will be considered, and a few will be selected to be asked of the witnesses.

Members of the public can mail written questions to Rep. Schiff’s district office at: 87 North Raymond Ave., Suite 800, Pasadena, CA 91103. Alternatively, individuals with questions can use Rep. Schiff’s website to submit them electronically at http://schiff.dchou01.house.gov, by selecting “Email Congressman Schiff” and choosing “Station Fire Public Comment” as the subject.

Invited speakers:

Panel 1:
William Derr, retired Forest Service employee
Don Feser, retired Angeles National Forest Fire Chief
Duncan Baird, homeowner, Vogel Flats Fire Recovery Alliance
Jody Noiron, Forest Supervisor, Angeles National Forest
Will Spyrison, (retired) Division Chief, Angeles National Forest
John Tripp, Chief Deputy of Emergency Operations, L.A. County Fire Department

Panel 2:
Tom Harbour, Director of Fire and Aviation Management, Forest Service
P. Michael Freeman, Chief, L.A. County Fire Department
Bob Cavage, President, Wildfire Research Network
David Gillotte, President, Intl. Assoc. of Fire Fighters, Local 1014
Casey Judd, Federal Wildland Fire Service Association

Location:                                Richard H. Chambers U.S. Court of Appeals Building- Courtroom 3
                                                 125 S. Grand Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105

On-Site Media Contact:       Caleb Gaul, Technology Specialist, U.S. Court of Appeals
                                                  (p) 626-229-7282; Caleb_Gaul@ca9.uscourts.gov

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