Volunteer Fire Departments Rule

Nearly two-thirds (65%) of volunteer firefighters have more than 5 years of service. There are an estimated 29,727 fire departments in the U.S. Of these, 2,651 departments were all career, 1,893 were mostly career, 5,421 were mostly volunteer and 19,762 were all volunteer.


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The Town of Julian is a California Historic Landmark (old gold mining town) and attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. Lake Cuyamaca is popular for fishing, camping, hiking and horse riding trails. JCFPD is responsible for fire protection and emergency medical services for the residents in this geographic area, as well as the influx of tourists and motorcyclists.


JCFPD has filed a lawsuit in San Diego County Superior Court

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. Parties are to maintain the status quo until them





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An article in the San Francisco Chronicle on volunteers

As California burns, volunteer firefighters become harder to find.

Quote from San Francisco Chronicle article by Melody Gutierrez and Megan Cassidy 

“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.

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