Santa Rosa, CA – January 13, 2015 – 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. A Community Presentation meeting to share input received to date and to provide an update on data collection efforts will be held on January 26, 2015, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The meeting will be located at the Sonoma County Veterans Memorial Building at 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa, in the Santa Rosa Lodge Room. Interested members of the public are invited to attend.
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, originally scheduled in December but postponed due to winter storms, 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.