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Julian Fire Association files this response to the ex parte application and the oppositions of County of San Diego (“County”) and San Diego Local Agency Formation Commission (“LAFCO”) because they both make inflammatory and unsupported statements that are not supported by fact or law.
Julian FFA Response to Ex Parte Application 4-12-19
JCFPD has filed a lawsuit in San Diego County Superior Court to have LAFCO’s dissolution proceedings declared illegal. LAFCO knew that JCFPD’s dissolution application had been submitted illegally after three former board members conspired with Supervisor Dianne Jacob to eliminate local control over fire-protection and emergency medical services. Last Friday a judge declared the three former board members’ actions “null and void” because they had conceived of their dissolution plan in secret. When JCFPD’s lawyer notified LAFCO this morning that the entire process was the product of illegal conduct by prior JCFPD officials, LAFCO ignored the lawyer and unanimously voted against the Julian and Cuyamaca communities.
One hour before that vote and against immediately afterward, LAFCO and the County took steps to remove JCFPD personnel from their fire stations and to seize JCFPD equipment and property. LAFCO and the County sent armed Sheriff Deputies to intimidate the unarmed JCFPD personnel who were peacefully trying to secure their facilities and equipment while the new lawsuit works its way through the courts. When asked, the Deputies admitted that they were taking orders from the County in removing JCFPD personnel from their own facilities.
There will be a new hearing on April 17, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-64 of the San Diego County Superior Court (downtown) at which JCFPD will ask a judge to allow JCFPD to continue its operations without LAFCO or County interference.
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“One-third of the 28,000 firefighters in California are volunteers, most of them in rural areas. Across the country, where 70 percent of firefighters are volunteers, departments say they are struggling to recruit new people for a dangerous job. The number of volunteer firefighters in the United States fell by 10 percent over the past three decades, even as the number of emergency calls tripled, according to the National Fire Protection Association, an industry trade group whose figures are often cited by the federal government.”
This trend does not seem to apply to the JCFPD. We just graduated 21 new firefighters from our Fire Academy March 3rd, and will be starting another academy next month. Since we put the word out we are looking for volunteers we have had nearly 80 applications in the last two months to come work for our community Fire Dept.. These new volunteers are an awesome group and very motivated to serve our the people in our community.
Vote NO on Measure A and keep JCFPD and all our Firefighters who want to work to serve our community without benefit of pay. This is the American way to serve and protect our community.
JCFPD is hiring part time and full time Firefighter Paramedics and EMTs to serve in our community.
In a tradition started by Chief Kevin Dubler, just a few weeks ago #JCFPD firefighters did a boot drive to raise money to buy presents for the children of Julian. They stood on the street and stuck out the boot to help kids in Julian have a good Christmas!
Then they shopped and planned, making sure about 40 kids have some of their list to Santa filled! Firetrucks, Barbie houses, race cars and books were checked off the list. Saturday a jolly group of community members and firefighters joined for a wrapfest! There was joy, tape, and carols all round. Merry Christmas and to all a good night!
The California agency that fights wildfires says it’s about to exceed its budget and needs $234 million more.
Cal Fire director Ken Pimlott says in a letter to lawmakers Thursday that the agency spent $432 million through the end of August and had only about $11 million left.
Fire season generally picks up in fall, when winds and high temperatures can combine with dried-our forest and grasslands to create dangerous conditions.
Pimlott says Cal Fire would use some of the money to add firefighters and helicopters.
The Legislature budgets for firefighting based on the historical average costs. Cal Fire has requested extra money in seven of the past 10 years, but never this early.