Last week the El Dorado County Fire Protection District learned that its Request for Proposal to Cal Fire had been declined.
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In April EDCFPD sent an RFP to Cal Fire asking what it would cost it to run the district and at what level of service. It was one option the district was exploring in light of its financial shortfalls.
According to EDCFPD Board Chairman Mark Brunton, he expects Cal Fire to formally notify the district next week regarding the reasons for the RFP decline, but said before Cal Fire considers the request, the district needs to improve its financial status, reserves, contingency funds and fleet replacement reserve. Then the issue will be revisited, Brunton said.
County Fire Chief Mike Hardy said the decision by Cal Fire was because of the “tight fiscal margins at EDCFPD.”
But the district will continue operating and building its reserves, he said, adding that, “We will do what we need to do to be sustainable on our own. It (the Cal Fire RFP) was just an option, but nothing we banked on. We’re tightening our belt, have made cuts and are continuing to move forward. We expect to save money this fiscal year and next.”