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Grand Jury Report on Fire Protection in Contra Costa County

Contra Costa Civil Grand Jury issues report on Fire Protection and Emergency Response Services.

Statute grants the Grand Jury with power to investigate and report upon the operations, accounts, and records of our County, cities, and special districts. The Grand Jury has completed an investigation and submitted a report titled:

Report 1211

Contra Costa County Fire Protection and Emergency Response Services

“Leveraging Combined Strengths to Address Individual Weaknesses”

The report states that …“With no assurances as to when a significant recovery may arrive, it is time for fire agencies to rethink their operating approach.”

The report further states that…”Other California fire agencies have taken innovative, new approaches to providing services in a manner that allows the elimination of operation deficits without compromising recognized standards for response time.”

The report additionally states that …”Feedback received from service providers that have been through the change process suggest that a prerequisite for the successful implementation of any of these potential, cost-saving alternatives to structure and/or operational service delivery models is the political will to recognize and overcome the stakeholder’s resistance to change.”

The report includes the following recommendations:


  • "All fire agencies and the County should
    conduct, on an individual agency and county-wide basis, evaluations of
    alternative service models utilizing independent consultants with a history of
    analyzing fire agency challenges.”

  • “Fire agencies, LAFCO, and the County should
    find ways to cooperate with one another in the evaluation and adoption of
    alternative service delivery models.”



All of the Grand Jury’s reports can be found online at the
Superior Court website:


www.cc-courts.org


This specific report can be found by using the following
link:


http://www.cc-courts.org/_data/n_0038/resources/live/rpt1211.pdf

 

Thank You,

The Contra Costa Grand Jury

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MIKE ALFORD November 22, 2012 at 04:35 AM
When did you ever think that a grand jury report would Ever bring you the truth or a solution to what is really going on in Martinez ? ---- Do any of you even remember the so called missing money in the Martinez marina back in 2000, remember NO ONE seem to know just what did happen to well over 1000,000 dollars ? and the Grand Jury didnt seem to think that there was any real reason to indite anyone or even pursue it ! and you think your going to get ANY kind of answers on anything that has to do with the truth now ??? ( just a thought you might want to look this up Mike Mennisini was working at the DAs office here in Martinez at that time)
Janet Maiorana November 22, 2012 at 05:03 AM
Sal, A Common Sense solution to the problem could be that the Orinda City Council would act on a citizens' petition to form an Orinda Task Force to study our emergency services. Unfortunately, the Council has refused this Common Sense solution.. In 1997, because Orinda was subsidizing other communities, Orinda detached from the Bd. of Supervisors and Con Fire to form MOFD. After 3 yrs, Orinda citizens realized we had jumped from the frying pan into the fire. So we began asking the City Council to detach from MOFD, & form an Orinda Fire District with a Fire Chief running the District with the City Council. The District would be run for the benefit of the citizens. It makes no sense to continue digging ourselves into deeper debt. It is better to detach now, and form and Orinda Fire District than continue what we are doing.
Janet Maiorana November 22, 2012 at 05:18 AM
Mike, I do not know anything about what went on in Martinez. You said the Grand Jury did not indite anyone. Can the Civil Grand Jury indite anyone? I thought they could just make recommendations. I believe the 2002 Civil Grand Jury made a very good MOFD. The MOFD directors were so upset they talked about suing the Grand Jury. Unfortunately,the Grand Jury has no enforcement powers but at least they tried.
Janet Maiorana November 22, 2012 at 05:26 AM
Mike, I do not know what went on in Martinez. You said the Grand Jury did not indite anyone. Can the Civil Grand Jury indite anyone? I thought the Civil Grand Jury could only make recommendations. I believe the 2002 Civil Grand Jury made a very good MOFD report. The MOFD Directors were so upset about the recommendations, they talked about suing the Grand Jury. Unfortunately, the Grand Jury has no enforcement powers but at least they did come up with much needed recommendations.
Janet Maiorana November 22, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Sal, Arriving at a Common Sense solution would require that MANY Orindans contact the Orinda City Council, and request the Council form an Orinda Task Force to study our emergency services. I don't know how many citizens would have to call to get results but it is over 220 as that is how many signed a citizen petition which was ignored by the City Council.

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