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Cal Fire declines request for proposals from County Fire

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From page A1 | October 04, 2013 | 5 Comments

Last week the El Dorado County Fire Protection District learned that its Request for Proposal to Cal Fire had been declined.

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.”

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  • Country LivingOctober 04, 2013 - 7:22 am

    Cal Fire is an expensive outsourced alternative because of the administrative overhead. They are not a viable option for an entity with financial issues and have almost broken some small fire districts even as a stop gap measure. The answer is obvious, so man up and start the department overhaul. Flatten the structure, get younger and cheaper and build a realistic 5 year plan.

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  • Mark DarnellOctober 04, 2013 - 7:23 am

    There is no way they can stay afloat without closing one of there ridiculously slow stations and cutting staff. If Cal Fire said no, it was for a big reason.

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  • RaulOctober 04, 2013 - 8:22 am

    EDCF employees ( also Diamond Springs FD and El Dorado Hills FD ) are ridiculously overpaid. Firefighter-Paramedics making more than Nurses with more eduction and responsibility? Check out the State Controllers website for El Dorado County special District employees. Also check out Diamond Joe Harn and a few others on the El Dorado County link. Time to shop for alternatives? YOU BET!

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  • jon schroderOctober 04, 2013 - 9:56 am

    We don`t need cal-fire to run anything. They can`t even run themselves. And when are we going to shut down diamond springs district? That would help out the county a lot.

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  • Really?October 04, 2013 - 11:54 am

    So Cal Fire can't run themselves? Do you have facts? Or are you running your mouth out of turn?

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