To respond proactively to the current security and safety conditions as well as potential natural disasters, the city of Chula Vista has created the Office of Emergency Services (OES) and hired Carlos Bejar to fill the job as manager.
“This new office will bring homeland security to a local level and strengthen the ability of all departments within the city to respond with a high level of coordination,” said Chula Vista Fire Chief Doug Perry. “Our new manager will work with other staff to bring the city to a state of readiness and preparedness for responses to natural, technological, or man-made disasters.”
In addition, the city plans to start a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), early next year. Community members will receive free training in CPR, light rescue, hazardous materials response, and state of readiness. The purpose of CERT is to allow residents to help themselves and others around them in the event of a major disaster.
Bejar has 23 years in regulatory affairs and interagency coordination, and is an instructor in emergency response procedures. He was previously employed with the County of San Diego Health Department.
Any questions concerning emergency readiness or the CERT program can be directed to Bejar at (619) 476-2303 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.