June 28, 2004

Lawrence Livermore, Tracy Fire Sign Mutual Aid Agreement

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Tracy Fire Department have signed a formal agreement to provide mutual aid in fighting fires and other emergency response. The agreement provides additional firefighting power and quicker response to areas in and around the Laboratory’s Site 300 experimental test site, near the Tracy border, as well as portions of Interstate 580.

Tracy Fire will automatically respond to significant emergencies at Site 300 to assist the Laboratory Fire Department. In return, LLNL firefighters will respond with Tracy Fire Department to emergencies along Corral Hollow Road and Interstate 580 between Patterson Pass and Highway 132.

"This agreement makes the most out of our local resources," said Rep. Richard Pombo, whose 11th congressional district includes Tracy. "It’s great to see these departments being proactive."

The memorandum of agreement, announced Monday during the Laboratory Fire Department’s 50th anniversary celebration, formalizes a long-standing partnership between the two firefighting agencies. Lawrence Livermore and Tracy firefighters have long provided mutual aid, but following a request for such assistance. Today’s agreement makes mutual response automatic.

"We’ve always had a good working relationship with Tracy Fire," said Randy Bradley, the Laboratory’s Fire Chief. "We look forward to continuing our relationship and helping our neighbors."

Tracy Fire Chief Terrel Estes also looks forward to the implementation of the new agreement. "This will add additional resources to significant emergencies within our jurisdiction and provide and enhance initial response to the I-580 corridor," he said.

Founded in 1952, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is a national security laboratory, with a mission to ensure national security and apply science and technology to the important issues of our time. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is managed by the University of California for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.