Consolidation of San Mateo County Fire Agencies - Yes or No?
Original post made by Peter Carpenter, Atherton: Lindenwood, on Nov 10, 2009
Perhaps we could have a thoughtful discussion on the pros and cons of such consolidation.
MENLO PARK FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
Resolution No. 1181-07
RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE MENLO PARK FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
DECLARING IT IS IN THE PUBLIC'S INTEREST FOR THE BOARD AND AFFECTED RESIDENTS TO
REVIEW AND CONSIDER ABROAD RANGE OF POTENTIAL CONSOLIDATION ALTERNATIVES TO
IMPROVE SERVICE AND REDUCE COSTS AND IT IS IN THE PUBLIC'S INTEREST TO ENCOURAGE
ALL OTHER ENTITIES IN SAN MATEO COUNTY THAT OPERATE FIRE AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL
SERVICE ACTIVITIES TO ADOPT ASIMILAR POLICY
The District Board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District finds and determines as follows:
(a) WHEREAS, on Wednesday August 15, 2007 the San Mateo County Local Agency
Formation Commission ("SM LAFCO") pursuant to California Government Code Sections 56430 and
56425 considered areport documenting a Municipal Service Review and Sphere of Influence update for
Menlo Park Fire Protection District ("District") and Woodside Fire Protection District; and
(b) WHEREAS, the SM LAFCO report analyzed the advantages and disadvantages of
consolidation or reorganization of the Menlo Park and Woodside Fire Protection Districts. The report
included the options of maintaining the status quo of two side-by-side Fire Districts or consolidating the
Menlo Park and Woodside Fire Districts; and
(c) WHEREAS, on September 18, 2007 the SM LAFCO presented the District Board with the
Municipal Service and Sphere of Influence Review; and
(d) WHEREAS, specific to the concept of consolidation, the Strategic Planning Commission of
the District Board recommended to the Board that it direct the Chief and District staff to draft aletter or
policy announcement to all elected officials and citizens of the local region to review and consider both the
positive and negative impacts of fire district and fire service consolidation.
In consideration of the foregoing findings and determinations,
IT IS RESOLVED by the District Board as follows:
1. The Menlo Park Fire Protection District Board declares that it is in the public's interest for
the District Board to carefully review and consider whether consolidation is a desirable action and, if so, the
available range of potential consolidation alternatives from the local to the County wide level in order to
improve service and reduce costs.
2. The District Board encourages all entities in San Mateo County that operate fire or
emergency medical services activities to adopt a similar policy towards the review and consideration of
consolidation options and to engage in intergovernmental and community dialogue so that all issues may
be explored openly and in solidarity.
3. The District Board wishes to emphasize that it currently has no predetermined position on
the merits of consolidation in general or any particular consolidation option in particular.
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