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City of Lancaster Demonstrates LEAPS’ Emergency Operations Capabilities

New Mobile Unit Would Provide Command Post with Live Video Feed During Disasters

Post Date:07/29/2015
The City of Lancaster today demonstrated the emergency operations capabilities of its Law Enforcement Aerial Platform System (LEAPS). In the event of an emergency or disaster, such as a large earthquake or wildfire, LEAPS allows emergency operations personnel and first responders to safely monitor a real time aerial view of the disaster scene. 

“Public safety is always our number one priority. This application of LEAPS could save lives in the event of a catastrophe,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. “In the aftermath of a major earthquake or other catastrophe, the live aerial footage will allow L.A. County Fire, LASD, and the City to quickly and efficiently survey debris-filled areas, allowing us to better assess the situation and create a more strategic response.”

Now equipped with a new mobile unit, LEAPS can feed the live video from the aircraft to a command post virtually anywhere in Lancaster, including the City’s Emergency Operations Center or L.A. County Fire Station 129. This bird’s eye view will allow command personnel to assess the situation from the air – including debris, roadblocks, fires, and other possible risks – without needlessly endangering personnel. In addition, the real-time video will provide a much more straightforward, comprehensive view of the scene than numerous reports radioed in by ground crews. Furthermore, if the LEAPS plane is currently in the air, operators will have eyes on the scene nearly instantaneously. 

“LEAPS is an excellent tool, allowing emergency responders to assess what lies ahead, and see, in real time, what is occurring in surrounding areas. This system will be indispensable in the event of a major catastrophe,” said L.A. County Assistant Fire Chief Gerald Cosey. "LEAPS is a very innovative operation. LAC Fire Department applauds the City of Lancaster for their strong commitment to public safety.” 

“We look to continuously improve upon the City’s emergency operations plans and to use our current assets to the best advantage. The Lancaster Sheriff’s Station has been successfully utilizing this system for nearly three years now, and reporting on its monthly operations at the City’s citizen Criminal Justice Commission. Developing LEAPS’ emergency response component just made sense,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. “In the wake of disasters such as hurricane Katrina, we saw many inefficiencies and a lack of planning. It would be wrong to have this tool at our fingertips and not utilize it to save lives.”
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