MUTUAL ASSISTANCE DISTINGUISHED
The host jurisdiction itself recruits the assistance from other jurisdictions. In CA this can include OES ACS or Public Safety assets such as the Satellite Trailers or Comm Vans. Yet, the CA OES Mutual Aid Regions do not get involved directly in the process. The host jurisdiction will FYI CA OES so that CA OES is aware of the impact on resources available just in case an incident occurs in the same area that may require Mutual Aid.
The types of expenses (depending on the jurisdiction or agency) for volunteers MAY include: travel, room, board and workers compensation insurance and/or some sort of liability insurance.
There is another type of event that can be confused with the LGA; namely the Public Display Event or Demonstration (PDE or DEMO). It can look like a LGA and may be accomplished LIKE a LGA...but it is not LGA. An example of this would be an operating display of a Communications Van or a recruiting booth at the County Fair.
HOWEVER, if the purpose of the equipment and/or personnel is/are to be used by the requesting agency as communications for say, crowd control, it would be LGA from CA State OES's perspective. However, it is important to note that there are CA counties who have requested "Mutual Aid" for crowd control in public events, such as political conventions, dignitary visits and festivals. Yet, characteristically the distinction between Mutual Aid and LGA and PDE or DEMO is that Mutual Aid is for EMERGENCIES and LGA and PDE or DEMO are for non emergency situations. The PDE or DEMO is a situation that obviously is NOT emergency. A LGA can easily be a situation that could avoid an emergency (such as the illustrated crowd control.)
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