Public Comment Period on draft ConFire Study closes Jan 31; Town Hall Meeting Jan 22

Public Comment Period on draft ConFire Study closes Jan 31. On Monday, January 13, 2014, Contra Costa County released a much anticipated draft operational study of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District and opened a three-week public comment period. In February 2013, the Board of Supervisors, serving as the Board of Directors of the Fire District, approved a contract with Fitch & Associates, LLC to conduct a study of District operations and make recommendations for future service delivery options.

A Town Hall Meeting on the Draft ConFire Study will be held Jan 22 6pm at the Board of Supervisors Chambers, located at 651 Pine Street 1st Floor, in Martinez CA.

Since 2013, the consultants have been meeting with stakeholders throughout the County and conducted three public town hall meetings in August 2013. The District has been dealing with severe budget cuts that have resulted in decreased services and fire station closures. Voters did not pass a parcel tax measure in November 2012, which would have helped to maintain existing fire suppression service levels.

The public comment period for draft Confire Study will be open through 5pm on Friday, January 31, 2014

Why it is only two weeks we have no idea. See the draft Confire Study embedded below. A copy of the draft operational study is also on file for public review in the Office of the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, 651 Pine Street – 1st Floor, Martinez, CA 94553 and an electronic copy of the draft report can be accessed on the study website at http://www.cccounty.us/ConFireStudy.

Fitch plans to present study findings to the Board of Supervisors on February 25, 2014. For more information regarding Fitch and Associates, LLC and the draft Fire Study.

The public comment period for the draft Confire Study will be open through 5pm on Friday, January 31, 2014. Interested parties may submit public comment in the following ways:

Via Email:   [email protected]

Via Mail:     County Administrator’s Office

Attn: Fitch Study – Public Comment
651 Pine Street, 10th Floor
Martinez, CA 94553

Via Phone: (925)335-1036

Fitch plans to present study findings to the Board of Supervisors on February 25, 2014. For more information regarding Fitch and Associates, LLC and the Fire Study, please visit http://www.cccounty.us/ConFireStudy.

ConFire.report by Bill Gram-Reefer

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Comments

  1. Kris Hunt says

    With ConFire it always comes down to pension and benefit costs. Country ‘
    Administrator, David Twa, has reported that for FY 2014/15, for each dollar of salary, ConFire will pay an additional $1.67 in benefits ($1.15 is for pension costs). Unsustainable and the root cause of ConFire’s financial problems.

  2. Wendy Lack says

    Given the fact that rising pension costs continue to drive ConFire’s budget problems, one wonders whether the trend to privatize security services will eventually come to fire/EMS: http://bit.ly/1eL4Xoa