By Jonathan Goetz
September 7, 2017 (Jamul) - Members of the Jamul Indian Village tribal government presented $2,677,500 to the San Diego County Fire Authority Tuesday at the fire station across the street from Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego. This is on top of a recent $1.1 million contribution toward road and traffic improvements.
Augie Ghio, retired head of the County Fire Chiefs Association, said, “As an old retired fire chief, I can’t tell you how wonderful this is to have such a collaborative, cooperative and successful partnership between the Jamul Indian Village and the CAL FIRE and the County. It’s agreements like this that provide service to our communities that we both serve that really improve their life safety and the protection of their property.”
This is the Tribe’s second annual contribution, bringing their cumulative contribution to over $5 million towards the Fire and Life Safety Services Agreement with San Diego County, approved in April 2016. The tribe’s contributions will increase 5% per year and will result in an additional $85 million over the next 20 years for equipment, personnel, training and operating expenses for emergency services in the region. Last year’s contribution went to purchase the two fire trucks pictured below, as well as increased staffing levels in the region.
Jamul Indian Village Chairwoman Erica M. Pinto, whose mother was a fire dispatcher and the first female graduate of the Heartland Fire Academy, thanked firefighters.
“We are here today, in the middle of the worst fire season we’ve seen in years, to honor our brave men and women who put their lives on the line day in and day out to protect our community,” Chairwoman Pinto said. “Thank you to each and every one of you who answers the call to serve. We know the sacrifices you and your families make, and we are proud to do our part to support that work.”