fire protection

SAN MIGUEL FIRE BOARD APPROVES CAL FIRE COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT

The following details were provided in a press release from the district, which has been plagued by budget shortfalls, contentious public meetings, and labor-management disputes in recent years.

September 27, 2012 (Spring Valley) -- The San Miguel Consolidated Fire Protection District’s Board of Directors voted onSeptember 25 to approve a Cooperative Service Agreement with CAL FIRE. The Board voted unanimously to approve  the five and a half-year agreement. Board President Chris Winter said, “This Cooperative Agreement allows the District to proceed with a balanced budget, maintain the current level of service for our residents and provide for the long-term viability of the District.

ALPINE FIRE BOARD MEMBER STEPS DOWN; DISTRICT SEEKS REPLACEMENT

 
March 3, 2012 (Alpine) – On February 21 at the Alpine Fire District Board meeting, long-time Alpine Fire Protection District Board member Ron Fuller resigned his position due to health issues. The District is currently seeking interested individuals to fill out Mr. Fuller's term which runs through November of this year. Interested individuals must be at least 18 years of age, a resident of the District and a registered voter. Applications can be picked up at the Fire Station at 1364 Tavern Road or down loaded from the Districts website at: http://www.alpinefire.org. The AFPD Board will review all applications at its March 20 Board meeting.

SAN MIGUEL FIRE EXTENDS RFP DUE DATE

 
 
March 2, 2012 (Spring Valley)--The San Miguel Consolidated Fire Protection District has received a request from an interested agency for an extension of the due date for a Request for Proposal (RFP) submission for outsourcing of fire services.  That request has been approved, district spokesman Leonard Villareal confirms. The Addendum documents that the new due date is March 23, 2012 at 4 p.m.  

HOW PREPARED IS OUR REGION FOR FIRE? ASK CHIEF GHIO--NOV. 13 IN LA MESA

 

October 30, 2010 (La Mesa) -- The East San Diego County League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women are co-sponsoring a meeting with Augie Ghio, Fire Chief of San Miguel Fire Protection District.

 

The meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 13, 2010, at the Helix Water District Boardroom, 7811 University Avenue, La Mesa.

FIERY FINDINGS: AMONG MAJOR CITIES, SAN DIEGO HAS LOWEST LEVEL OF FIREFIGHTERS—AND BIGGEST REVENUE SHORTFALL


Leaders propose options to address serious public safety crisis in City and County

 

By Miriam Raftery


July 28, 2010 (San Diego) – San Diego has the fewest firefighters per capita of any major city in the nation, a shocking new report by Center for Policy Initiatives revealed yesterday.

 

“Service quality has dropped below acceptable standards, most tragically in the fire-rescue department,” a CPI press release warned. “Without increased revenue, the city could face the closure of almost half of our fire stations and the firing of several hundred police officers, as the chief operating officer described to the Council yesterday.”

COMMITTEES PASS KEHOE’S EMERGENCY RESPONSE FUNDING BILL

April 22, 2010 (San Diego) – Sen. Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) announced today that her legislation to generate new funding for emergency response equipment and personnel passed two Senate committees.

Senate Bill 1258 would create a 4.8 percent fee on home and commercial insurance policies that would be used for purchasing fire trucks, ambulances, fire fighting helicopters, and hiring more firefighters and other emergency responders.

FILNER INTRODUCES BILL TO SUPPORT WILDLAND FIREFIGHTERS

 

 

February 23, 2010 (San Diego) – Congressman Bob Filner (D-San Diego) recently introduced H.R. 4488, the National Wildfire Infrastructure Improvement & Cost Containment Act.

 

“It is about time that we properly recognize our brave federal wildland firefighters and make sure they are on par with other federal firefighters,” Filner said in a newsletter to constituents. “Congress must provide American citizens with the strongest, most cost-effective, and efficient federal wildfire response possible to meet the challenges and complexities of wildfires in the 21st Century.”

THREE EAST COUNTY CITIES SIGN JOINT POWERS AGREEMENT FOR SHARED FIRE PROTECTION

 

Photos by Monica Zech

October 15, 2009 ) -- In La Mesa today, city leaders, fire department chiefs and staff from El Cajon, La Mesa, and Lemon Grove, gathered for the official signing of a Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement (JPA). This agreement will create a shared management team to coordinate fire and emergency medical services, firefighter training, fire prevention, emergency planning, and community preparedness.

EDITORIAL: GOVERNOR SHOULD SIGN BILL MAKING SURE NEW DEVELOPMENT HAS SUFFICIENT FIRE PROTECTION

By Assemblymember Dave Jones, Candidate, California  Insurance Commissioner

 

More than 2,300 San Diego County structures were destroyed in the Witch, Harris and Poomacha fires. The California Department of Fire and Forestry, (“CalFire”) spent over half a billion dollars on suppression alone that year.

 

Increasingly, CalFire has been called upon to fight fires that threaten new residential development built in high risk fire areas. And increasingly, new residential subdivisions are being built in high risk fire areas throughout California.

NEWSOM, CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR, SHARES VIEWS ON KEY ISSUES WITH ECM

Story and photo by Miriam Raftery

 

July 18, 2009 (San Diego) – San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, Democratic candidate for Governor, spoke briefly with East County Magazine after his address at the Stand Down event to help homeless veterans yesterday. We asked his views on three pressing issues impacting residents in our region.