At a recent Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee meeting, assistant city manager Brian Moura gave a speech, highlighting the progress of the city's transition of fire services to the hybrid model with new partner Redwood City.
The group meets the first Friday of every month, except September when they meet the second Friday.
Moura sent San Carlos Patch highlights of his presentation to the committe.
- The contract to receive hybrid fire services and administrative oversight from the Redwood City Fire Department has been approved and adopted by the and the supplemental agreements for additional services are nearly complete
- The recruitment process for Firefighters and Captains is underway – applications were received, the written test has been given, the Assessment Center for Captains has completed, and interviews have been scheduled throughout the first week of August
- The will likely be a blended team of Fire JPA & employees from open recruitment (often from other Fire Depts.)
- The Fire Code was formally adopted by the and San Carlos will be hiring a Fire Inspector.
- The Redwood City Fire Department is working closely with the San Mateo County Public Safety Communications office to ensure a clean transition of all dispatch and response functions related to the transition to the new San Carlos Fire Department
- Work underway on new San Carlos Fire & Emergency Medical Services Department Badges and Logos
- Dissolution Process – weekly meetings with key staff from JPA, two cities plus one on one meetings re: transfer vehicles & apparatus, specialty equipment, value computers and unique items, report on outstanding agreements, transfer computer data, PERS Retirement, PERS Health Plan, transition to Post-JPA world for bill paying only
- The transition from the Belmont-San Carlos Fire Department to the San Carlos Fire department will have no negative impact on the quality and timeliness of the services that the residents of the Community of San Carlos have come to rely upon
- The City Staff and Fire Command Staff are working cooperatively and collaboratively towards the new fire department. Steady progress towards worthy goals. Still 2 stations, 3 member crews, engine in each station, ALS paramedics.
How do you feel about the transition of fire services? Let us know in the comments!