The San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury is recommending that the Woodside Fire Protection District and several cities in San Mateo County complete a study of possible consolidation with neighboring fire departments or contract with Cal Fire to provide the same level of service at reduced cost.
The recommendation was contained in a report issued by the grand jury yesterday (May 26). The agencies were asked to complete the study by July 1, 2011.
"The cities of San Bruno, Millbrae, Foster City, San Mateo, Redwood City and the Colma and Woodside Fire Protection District have opportunities to significantly reduce the cost of services to taxpayers by aggressively pursuing consolidations and mergers," the grand jury said in its report.
The agencies should include an effective dispute-resolution processes in all consolidation agreements, the report said.
To read the report, click here.