Fire Service Challenges and Cooperative Solutions

Held June 5, 2009 in San Diego; April 13, 2010 in Santa Rosa, and November 5, 2010 in Modesto.

Today’s fire service agencies are looking closely at cooperative arrangements to maintain adequate and cost effective services.  LAFCos can play a vital role in helping fire agencies confront multiple challenges and plan for the future. This course features an impressive list of speakers who will discuss functional and full consolidations, contracts for service, and governance models such as joint powers authorities. The discussion will include operational, financial, legal and service level issues and processes, advantages and disadvantages, and presentations of peer-to-peer case studies.  Special topics will address local fiscal and policy control, health and retirement benefit plans, volunteer-based services, ambulance services, cost-sharing, and much more.