Red Means Stop
Seaside firefighters oppose joining regional fire service.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Seaside firefighters are fighting more than fire: They're also battling a regional effort to consolidate fire services with a regional Joint Powers Authority, a three-part plan to create a single fire chief for participating cities, then consolidate administration, and finally full operations.
The Seaside Fire Association voted June 21 to oppose the JPA for the following reasons, according to union President Dave Nava:
The city of Pacific Grove is closely watching what Seaside does before making its own decision about whether to join the JPA.
1) The Seaside Firefighters have presented an alternative plan to the Seaside City Council that guarantees our citizens will continue receiving their current level of fire service, while ensuring fiscal responsibility and immediate savings.
2) It is clear that key individuals involved in the formation of the JPA have focused on moving ahead regardless of cost, impact, or public concern.
3) Under the Seaside Firefighters alternative plan, the City of Seaside will retain full control of the Seaside Fire Department and its decision making authority.