Salt Lake County Emergency Management (SLCo EM) is managed through the Unified Fire Authority (UFA) through a 50-year charter created in 2004. All responsibilities of prevention, preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery fall to Salt Lake County Emergency Management. The SLCo EM staff are UFA employees comprised of sworn and civilians.
The Unified Fire Authority Fire Chief is Dominic Burchett. His designee is the Director/Division Chief of Emergency Management. The emergency management responsibility for all 23 jurisdictions and unincorporated Salt Lake County falls under this delegation.
The Salt Lake County Division of Emergency Management serves our citizens by directing and coordinating resources for events, disasters and emergencies through preparation, planning, mitigation, response, and recovery.
The Salt Lake County Emergency Coordination Center is activated and manned during any small- or large-scale incident or during any natural or man-made disasters that can or, have exceeded the resources of any particular jurisdiction. Currently, the Salt Lake County ECC assists and obtains resources for the 23 jurisdictions located within the Salt Lake Valley. Salt Lake County EM assists these jurisdictions through the activation of 15 Emergency Support Functions (ESFs) filled by employees from a multitude of backgrounds. The ESF employees have authority throughout Salt Lake County to fill and order additional support for the operations occurring in the field until the impacted jurisdiction can return to their normal operations and functions.
The Emergency Management Division is committed to keeping the public safe through community outreach, training, dissemination of important public information, training of staff and the creation of a more resilient community through prevention, preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery. The ECC has been activated for several events.
A whole community approach to create a safer, less vulnerable, and more resilient Salt Lake County.
Salt Lake County Emergency Management serves our citizens by directing and coordinating resources for disasters and emergencies through prevention, preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery.
What is an Emergency Coordination Center?
An Emergency Operations Center (EOC) or an Emergency Coordination Center (ECC): is the physical location where the coordination of information and resources to support incident management (on-scene operations) activities, normally takes place. An ECC/EOC may be a temporary facility or may be located in a more central or permanently established facility, perhaps at a higher level of organization within a jurisdiction. EOCs may be organized by major functional disciplines such as: fire, law enforcement, medical services, volunteers, red cross, information management, by jurisdiction such as: federal, state, regional, county, city, township, tribal, or by some combination thereof.
Purpose of an ECC:
- Facilitate the flow of information within and between agencies, at various levels of government (local, county, state, and federal), and the community during an emergency or disaster.
- Facilitate the coordination of resources among all responding agencies during an incident, including large scale events.
- Assist in coordination for continuity of services throughout the community during an incident.
An Emergency Coordination Center is not…
A center to run the field operations. When Emergency Coordination Centers first started, they were (and many still are called) Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs). This is not an Incident Command Post where the operations for any given incident are directed. It is merely the “shopping center” for those field personnel to ask for and order their required resources.