Wade McKinney Woolsey Fire EOCOver the past two weeks, California City Management Foundation leaders and members have combined efforts to combat the Woolsey Fire. The Woolsey Fire (named after Woolsey Canyon Road) is a destructive wildfire burning in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. The fire ignited on November 8, 2018, has burned 96,000+ acres of land, damaged/destroyed thousands of structures, claimed lives, and forced massive evacuations.

Most recently, CCMF President Wade McKinney and CCMF Executive Director Ken Pulskamp both temporarily served as Director for the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), assisting city officials who have been coordinating the post-fire response.

McKinney said city managers from around the state had answered the call for extra bodies from the California City Management Foundation, an advocacy and support group for more than 500 city managers in the state. The city manager for Beverly Hills, he said, took the shift after him. “It was really great,” McKinney said. “You learn more about the staff and the emergency operations and you can assist with the expertise you have and help come up with ideas and repairs for their own recovery.”

November 21, 2018 WFMY News article

Thank you to all the brave men and women who have been fighting these wildfires and resettling the communities that have been affected by so much devastation. It is a testament to the strength of the CCMF network that we can support one another in times of need.

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