Staff at the Grass Valley Interagency Command Center recently collected gifts for U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan. The gifts were presented to Friends of Nevada County Military board member John Fuller, to be put into gift boxes sent to the troops during the Christmas holidays.
The Grass Valley Interagency Command Center provides dispatch services for Nevada County and parts of Placer and Yuba counties. The group dispatches all Cal Fire resources in these counties, as well as equipment from 31 local government agencies.
The United States Forest Service team dispatches resources for the Tahoe National Forest. In addition to fire equipment, the Grass Valley Interagency Command Center also coordinates air ambulance helicopters for this area.
Since its formation in late 2004, Friends of Nevada County Military has sent gift boxes each month to service men and women from Nevada County deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.
“Over the past nine years, we have sent more than 6,000 boxes to deployed troops,” Fuller said.
Fuller, a retired Air Force colonel, went on to say, “We have been able to do this because of the support we have received over the years from both individuals and groups like the employees of the Grass Valley Emergency Command Center. We are grateful for their support.”
In the early 1990s, the Grass Valley ICC was averaging between 12,000 and 15,000 calls per year. The number of calls has grown exponentially due to the increase in population in surrounding communities, as well as the acquisition of dispatch services for additional agencies. In 2012, the center dispatched 28,666 calls and expects to exceed that number this year.