Orange County Fire Authority Proposal
This afternoon the City of Costa Mesa sent out a press release announcing that the proposal from the Orange County Fire Authority to provide fire and related services to the city is now available for viewing on the city web site. I could not find it, but have since seen a copy and will give you a quick summary here. The proposal should be available to you soon.
INTERESTING, BUT STILL INCOMPLETE
First, let me say that I'm not a fire safety expert by any stretch of the imagination. And, despite some interesting numbers on the proposal, there are still some expensive issues to be negotiated between the OCFA and The City - like the required improvements to the fire stations, for example.
The OCFA proposal presents three options. They also presented the current costs of our fire operations for comparison. That number is $20,255,086 with a staff deployment of 29 personnel.
The three options and their costs are:
Option #1 - $18,157,231 - 25 personnel
Option #2 - $17,186,860 - 24 personnel - close Station #6
Option #3 - $16,483, 219 - 23 personnel - close Station #2
The proposal will include one-time start-up costs of either $729,444 or $816,106, depending on the option chosen.
Regardless which option considered the proposal transfers 81 sworn and 2 non-sworn personnel.
Annual savings are projected as:
Option #1 - $2,097,855
Option#2 - $3,068,116
Option #3 - $3,771,867
Projected savings over the first 5 years of the 20 year agreement are $26,279,844
Increases are capped at 4.5% annually.
Facilities will be leased to the CFO for $1.00 per year.
52 PAGE REPORT
That's the quick version of the 52 page report. I suggest you check the city web site for the actual report and do your own analysis. In my view, much still needs to be done before anyone can make the best decision for our city in this matter. As the old saying goes, "The devil is in the details". It's going to take some serious analysis beyond simply the numbers to determine if this a good deal for our city. Most cities in Orange County receive their fire protection from the Orange County Fire Authority.
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