California's new governor Gavin Newsom proposes cameras in forests as part of the $305M boost in fire-safety spending on Tuesday while California's residents are still dealing with the aftermath of the deadliest wildfire in the history of the state.
The funding would allow more helicopters, remote infrared cameras that can help detect fires, better alert systems and new technologies for tapping satellite images.
Newsom's plan, which is in addition to $200 million approved by lawmakers last year, includes funding to help local governments improve communication during emergencies and to modernize the state's 911 system. He announced his proposals from a fire station in the Sierra Nevada foothills, a high-risk fire area.
“I place no greater emphasis, energy, and sense of urgency on the issue of public safety,” Newsom said.
Newsom also wants to fund mental health services for first responders and hire more firefighters.
Republican Assemblyman Jim Gallagher, who represents Paradise, said there was “a lot to like” in Newsom’s proposal.
“This shows he’s ready to hit the ground running, and it’s an issue we certainly are both concerned about and will be working together on,” Gallagher said.