Fire & EMS Service Basics, Challenges and LAFCos’ Role & Responsibility

FOUR PART SERIES held via webinar
Webinar is available for on-demand viewing for CALAFCO Members only

California wildfires burned 4.2 million acres in 2020 and 1.3 million acres 2017. In 1964, it took four days for a wildfire to travel from Calistoga in Napa County to Santa Rosa in Sonoma County. In 2017, it took only four hours for a wildfire to travel that same route. Local and state firefighting resources have been stretched beyond imagination. Wildland firefighting is only one of the many functions of an all-risk agency.  With the majority of the of state in a declared drought emergency as of early May, it is sure to be another record-setting year for wildfires. So, what are LAFCos’ role and responsibilities in terms of overseeing these complex services? How can we create Municipal Service Reviews with information and determinations that have meaning and create value both short-and-long-term? What should we be looking at and considering that we aren’t? This very special 4-part series will take a deep dive into Fire and EMS services and LAFCos’ role and responsibility in understanding, studying, and making determinations regarding these complex services. Each session builds on the prior one, concluding the series with a session that explores several case studies highlighting urban, suburban and rural fire service providers.

SESSION ONE held August 9, 2021
Understanding the basics of service models, preparing for the Municipal Service Review and evaluating community needs
SESSION TWO held August 16, 2021
Evaluating current staffing, training, facilities, operations, equipment, anticipated growth and service needs projections, and finances  
SESSION THREE held August 23, 2021
Evaluating governance, DUCs, shared services opportunities, updating the Sphere of Influence and contracts
SESSION FOUR held August 26, 2021
So, you’ve done a great Municipal Service Review, now what? A look at rural, suburban and urban case studies