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Released by: Fire Services Project
For Immediate Release

Cancelled - Community Presentation on Fire Services Project

Santa Rosa, CA  –  December 10, 2014  –  The December 11, 2014, Community Presentation on the Fire Services Project has been canceled due to the coming storm and predictions of flooding on the Russian River and other waterways. The presentation will be rescheduled for a later date.

The County of Sonoma has launched a project to seek a more effective, efficient, and sustainable fire service system in the county, particularly in the unincorporated areas. Fire services in Sonoma County are provided today by dedicated and excellent volunteers and professionals. Yet, many districts and volunteer companies in the County are facing significant financial stresses. The Fire Services Project will develop recommendations over the next 12 months designed to address these issues.

As part of first phase of the project, County officials have made presentations to 31 individual fire agencies, 7 presentations to the two public ambulance provider agencies, the Emergency Medical Care Council, the City Managers, the Fire District's Association, the Volunteer Fire Company Association, the Local Agency Formation Commission, and provided updates and information to the Fire Chiefs and other stakeholder groups. In addition, staff have held 11 community meetings throughout the county to explain the project to the stakeholder groups and gather input on the scope. There has been robust participation at each of the meetings, with valuable input provided from all involved. The Community Presentation will bring the first phase of the project to a close, and launch the second phase of the project where the collected data will be analyzed and recommendations will be developed with the help of an advisory committee.

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Contact Information

County Administrator's Office
County of Sonoma
Address
575 Administration Drive
Suite 104A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.464665, -122.725235