The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has approved a motion, put forth by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, to “sustain a critical helistop base for firefighting agencies in the unincorporated area of Topanga Canyon,” in a unanimous 5-0 vote.
The land—nicknamed “69 Bravo”—provides an area to safely and reliably provide fire and emergency medical services to a number of surrounding areas, including Topanga, Fernwood, Calabasas, Malibu and Agoura Hills.
“ … I am thrilled that the County is making certain our Fire Department can move forward so that we do not lose access to this critically situated land,” Kuehl said, in an online statement.
In the last year, an outside firm was hired to investigate “all potential options for helistop locations in the Topanga Canyon”—69 Bravo was named the best option.
69 Brave is especially useful given its high elevation and ability to store up to 10,000 gallons of water (used in emergency situations).