Fire District Consolidation
Aptos/La Selva Fire District and Central Fire District of Santa Cruz County are exploring consolidation. Consolidation means a new fire district is formed, encompassing the boundaries of the two former districts. The new fire district will have a new Board of Directors, preserving local control and oversight. All assets such as fire stations, equipment, and fund balances are transferred to the new district, ensuring uninterrupted service. In consolidation, all firefighters and other personnel are transferred to the new district. There will be no layoffs and no loss of rank, seniority, pay, or other benefits. The same firefighters will still respond to your 9-1-1 calls. Importantly, all obligations of the two existing districts, including labor and employment contracts, must be honored by the new district.
To achieve consolidation, overlapping and redundant high-level management and administrative positions will be realigned and reclassified (mainly through attrition), freeing resources so a greater investment can be made in community risk reduction, wildfire readiness, and emergency response. Residents will continue to receive the service you are accustomed to with the same firefighters, using the same equipment, and coming from the same fire stations. Response times and insurance ratings will not be negatively impacted, and may actually improve. There will be no increase in taxes or assessments from the consolidation. The service area is not being increased, and there are no reductions in the existing service area.
A Consolidation Hotline has been established at 831-316-3600 to answer any questions or concerns. You can also visit the districts’ websites at: www.aptosfire.com and www.centralfpd.com to see information on upcoming and past meetings, news, and studies regarding the consolidation process. You can also learn more at the LAFCO website by clicking here.
Find out more when I host the Fire Chiefs from Aptos/La Selva and Central Fire, along with Supervisor Zach Friend, during a special Town Hall about this proposed consolidation on Wednesday, September 30.
When: Wednesday, September 30
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Or Dial: +1 253 215 8782 or +1 669 900 9128
Webinar ID: 998 2681 2823
In addition to Zoom, this meeting can be viewed on my Facebook page. No account is necessary to view on Facebook.