Assemblymember Salas, Avenal PD Celebrate Opening of New Emergency Operations Center

Friday, October 27, 2017

Assemblymember Salas joins local leaders in Avenal for ribbon cutting.

AVENAL – Yesterday, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) joined the Avenal Police Department and other community leaders at the formal opening of the new Ken Brown Public Safety Center Emergency Operations Center in the City of Avenal.  The ribbon cutting ceremony celebrated the construction and opening of the Emergency Operations Center, which was made possible by roughly a quarter of a million dollars in grant funding that was secured in the 2015-16 state budget. 

“I am really proud of the team effort that went into this project and of the hard work that the Avenal Police Department and the City of Avenal have dedicated toward protecting and expanding public safety,” said Assemblymember Salas.  “It is an honor to see the project come to fruition and I am pleased that the city and the community will benefit from the new Emergency Operations Center.”

During the 2015-16 state budget negotiations, Assemblymember Salas worked tirelessly in Sacramento to secure funding for public safety infrastructure projects throughout Kings County.  The new Emergency Operations Center in Avenal, an expansion of the Ken Brown Public Safety Center, will be used in the case of a major emergency to serve as a shelter for victims and as a headquarters for disaster preparedness, planning and response.  Due to the remote location of Avenal in relation to the rest of Kings County, the Emergency Operations Center will be vitally important to protecting the safety of residents.

“On behalf of the City of Avenal, we thank Assemblymember Salas for his leadership and dedication to our community by securing the funding needed to create an Emergency Operations Center,” said Avenal Police Chief Rusty Stivers.  “In the event of a critical incident, we will be able to manage the incident for the safety of our residents.”

The proceedings were attended by Police Chief Rusty Stivers, Mayor Alvarado Preciado, City Manager Melissa Whitten, Wanda Brown, widow of Ken Brown after whom the Ken Brown Public Safety Center is named, and local law enforcement officers, among many others. 

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Assemblymember Salas represents part of the City of Bakersfield, the cities of Arvin, Avenal, Corcoran, Delano, Hanford, Lemoore, McFarland, Shafter, Wasco, and the communities of Armona, Buttonwillow, Home Garden, Kettleman City, Lamont, Lost Hills, Stratford and Weedpatch.