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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 32



Meeting Date: April 24, 2007

Subject/Title: Authorize the Mayor to send a letter to the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors opposing the redeployment of the third firefighter from Brentwood

Prepared by: Donna Landeros, City Manager

Submitted by: Donna Landeros, City Manager


RECOMMENDATION
Authorize the Mayor to send a letter to the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors opposing the redeployment of the third firefighter from Brentwood.

PREVIOUS ACTION
On February 12, 2002, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 2469, which authorized the City Manager to approve a contract with the Fire District to increase 24-hour firefighter crews in Brentwood Fire Station Nos. 52 and 54 from two firefighters to three firefighters.

On April 25, 2006, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 2006-85 approving and authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interim Fire Protection Services Agreement with East Contra Costa Fire Protection District in the amount of $142,327.50.

On October 10, 2006, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 2006-251 approving and authorizing the City Manager to execute an Agreement for fire protection services with East Contra Costa Fire Protection District and authorizing payment in accordance with the contract for the period of January 1 through December 31, 2006.

On January 9, 2007, the City Council adopted Resolution 2007-11 authorizing the City Manager to notify East Contra Costa Fire Protection District of the City’s intent to give thirty (30) day notice of cancellation of the agreement for the Third Firefighter.

BACKGROUND
Beginning in January 2003, the City supplemented the Fire Department’s revenue to provide additional staffing at the Brentwood Stations. Recently, the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD) has proposed a reduction of daily firefighter staffing in the City of Brentwood. The attached letter outlines the City’s opposition to the proposed reduction in staffing levels.

FISCAL IMPACT
None

Attachments:
• Letter

OFFICE OF THE MAYOR

April 24, 2007



Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors
Office of the Clerk of the Board
651 Pine Street
Martinez, CA 94553-1229


RE: BRENTWOOD FIRE STATION STAFFING REDUCTION


Dear Honorable Chair and Members of the Board of Supervisors:

The City of Brentwood is very concerned about the proposed redeployment of daily firefighter staffing in our City and the lack of communication regarding this critical issue to the citizens and leadership of Brentwood. Beginning in January 2003, Brentwood supplemented the Fire District’s revenue to provide, on an interim basis, a service level that recognized that Brentwood is a suburban and not a rural community and has an associated higher risk and call for service volumes. The Interim Funding Agreement said that “The Parties desire to continue the supplemental services on a quarter by quarter basis to provide time for both the City and the District to consider the (Fire Master) Plan”. The Master Plan process has been unreasonably delayed.

In February 2007 Brentwood realized that the Fire District’s revenue situation had grown to the point where the District could and should fund Brentwood’s higher level of daily firefighter staffing from District revenue, since Brentwood taxpayers already provide 45% of the District revenue and yet have only 1/4 of the daily district staffing located at fire stations in the City. Brentwood continues to be of the opinion that its tax base provides the District more in revenue than Brentwood receives back in fire services.

Given that the District has the revenue to continue the present daily staffing level, Brentwood cannot support the decision to move the staffing from a higher call volume, higher risk area, to an area with much less density of risk and calls for service.

The City Council strongly opposes this proposed reduction of staffing and the negative impacts it will have on the level of service in Brentwood.


Sincerely,




Robert Taylor
Mayor


 

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