By Mike Van Bibber
April 14, 2019 (Julian) -- A message to our family, friends, and neighbors in the Julian-Cuyamaca community, throughout California, and across the United States:
The men and women of the Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District are facing an illegal government takeover of our volunteer fire department — San Diego County’s last volunteer department — and that’s putting the public at risk.
Throughout our history, JCFPD has been responding to emergency calls in our community: heart attacks, car crashes, wildfires, you name it. More than 60 members strong, we proudly serve everyone in the community — whether local or visitor, young or old, rich or poor, regardless of culture or creed. We are woven into the community’s fabric and remain in the station ready to serve in the event of an emergency.
Legal documents and bureaucrats call this place a “special district.” We call it “home.”
Normally we’d be waiting here in the station until someone calls in need of help. Our history has always been responding to calls for help. But today is different.
Today we are asking you for help. Today we are the ones who desperately need your help.