10/19 #5: GENERAL SESSION: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Fire District Consolidations

Wednesday, October 19, 2022  |  3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Pacific Ballroom

A discussion of the financial, political and cultural challenges in fire district consolidations. Delve into real life, on the ground experiences with the pros and cons to achieve efficiencies for better fire service delivery. What are the
factors that drive this service? Examining what is at your disposal. Explaining the “why” for merging, such as response capabilities and equipment resources. The goal is to give commissioners and staff a firm foundation for fire district consolidation discussions. LAFCo’s can be the lead on informative talks to improve and enhance emergency response within their jurisdictions.

Panelists: Kris Berry, Executive Officer, Amador LAFCo; Gay Jones, Special District, Sacramento LAFCo; Walt W. White, Fire Chief, Amador Fire Protection District; and Rick Martinez, Executive Director, California Fire Foundation