Department Planning Review
This earthquake required a city-wide multi-agency response. In this case, the Fire
Department's day-to-day experience in handling large-
However, planning must be strengthened before a larger earthquake disaster strikes San Francisco.
The two major areas of concern are:
1. Familiarity and understanding of the San Francisco Fire Department Disaster Operations Plan and the City's Disaster Plan.
2. The Fire Department's current procedures for coordinating the disaster response of
the command staff, companies, bureaus, reserve personnel and recalled personnel.
1. The San Francisco Fire Department Disaster Operations Plan should be revised and
expanded, to allow for the best coordination in large-
2. The San Francisco Fire Department Disaster Operations Plan should cover all possible contingencies and have accompanying checklists for practical and efficient application.
3. The San Francisco Fire Department's annexes in the City and County of San Francisco Disaster Plan should be reviewed and updated.
4. Mutual Aid agreements and plans should be reviewed and updated. These plans should reflect the concern that mutual aid during an earthquake disaster may not reach San Francisco for up to 72 hours.
5. Exercises and orientation sessions based upon the San Francisco Fire Department Disaster Operations Plan should be part of an on-going training program.