Redwood City Could be New Home for San Carlos Firefighters

A deal is in the works to fold San Carlos Fire into Redwood City's Fire Department.


Weighed down by overtime, open positions and budget restraints, the San Carlos Fire Department faced a critical juncture last summer.

At a city council meeting in July, San Carlos city manager Jeff Maltbie was authorized to open discussions with the Redwood City city manager for a full service contract.

"This is an item that is of critical importance to city management," Maltbie said.

Seven months later, San Carlos firefighters could get a 14 percent pay raise under a contract Maltbie negotiated with Redwood City for fire protection service.

Redwood City Fire Chief Jim Skinner already oversees the fire stations in San Carlos, so the proposed change would not affect his job and San Carlos' firefighters will join Redwood City's department, becoming eligible for better pay and benefits.

Last July, there were a total of 17 firefighters working in San Carlos. Skinner told city council a minimum of 24 fire personnel are required to run both stations. Of those 24, six are captains, 12 are firefighters/paramedics and six are fire personnel.

It has taken more than a half-year to fill all the positions because of the specialized nature of each position. In San Carlos, a firefighter currently makes up to $86,796 annually.

After the city of San Carlos dissolved its contract with Belmont two years ago, the city council cut salaries 7.5 percent in hopes of balancing the budget. A 2 percent raise was granted in September.

Bill Bohlen February 28, 2013 at 07:16 PM
How much more will this cost? A 14% raise after a 2% raise? Guess San Carlos is not the spendthrifts they used to be.
Gordon cook February 28, 2013 at 10:26 PM
I think it's time that the City of San Carlos dissolve and let the County take over. Athens only people not outsourced is the management of San Carlos. City manager, assistant city manager, Finance director etc etc. also lets not forget the city council that get lifetime medical coverage through the city.
Bill Bohlen February 28, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Gordon - While I think the outsourcing is ridiculous. I am 90% sure that the City Council over there no longer gets lifetime medical coverage.
Gordon cook March 01, 2013 at 02:46 AM
Perhaps. My main concern is the salaries paid to the excessive amount of management. People should review the last,page of the city of San Carlos m.o.u. This does not include benefits. http://www.cityofsancarlos.org/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=3512
Bill Bohlen March 01, 2013 at 03:49 AM
Those seem pretty high for a small city. But atleast those people don't get paid overtime. Some of the Fire and Police people make 200k.


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