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The Washington National Guard is trained to fight forest fires.
The Washington National Guard is trained to fight forest fires.

The Washington Military Department is a branch of the state government of Washington, United States.

The Washington State Military Department has several major operational divisions:[1]

These divisions use state and federal resources to perform homeland defense, homeland security, and emergency mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery activities.[1]

Washington State Emergency Operations Center

United States Vice President Mike Pence at Washington State Emergency Operations Center during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic

The Washington State Emergency Operations Center is located at Camp Murray, under the Military Department's Emergency Management Division.[6] The 28,000 square foot facility, occupied since mid 1998, is built on rollers to withstand earthquakes.[7][8] The Emergency Operations Center was activated for the 2012 Washington wildfires,[9] 2015 Washington wildfires,[8] 2016 Washington wildfires,[10] 2018 Washington wildfires, and for the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.[11]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "About Us | Washington State Military Department". mil.wa.gov. Retrieved 2015-11-24.
  2. ^ "National Guard | Washington State Military Department". Retrieved 2016-02-28.
  3. ^ a b "National Guard | Washington State Military Department". mil.wa.gov. Retrieved 2015-11-24.
  4. ^ "State Guard | Washington State Military Department". mil.wa.gov. Retrieved 2015-11-24.
  5. ^ "Capital Guardian Youth ChalleNGe Academy". www.cgyca.org. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Emergency Management Division". official website. Washington State Military Department. Retrieved March 7, 2020.
  7. ^ WASHINGTON MILITARY DEPARTMENT INFORMATION BOOKLET & MEDIA GUIDE, Washington Military Department, p. 10
  8. ^ a b "About the Emergency Operations Center". Washington Military Department Emergency Management Division. Retrieved 2020-03-24.
  9. ^ GOV. GREGOIRE EXTENDS STATE OF EMERGENCY, BURN BAN TO INCLUDE ALL COUNTIES IN WA STATE, U.S. Federal News Service, October 9, 2012 – via ProQuest
  10. ^ State of Emergency (Wildfires), Targeted News Service, August 23, 2016 – via ProQuest
  11. ^ "Vice President Pence, Congresswoman Herrera Beutler Visit Pierce County Readiness Center and Washington State Emergency Operations Center" (Press release). Office of U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler. March 6, 2020.