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Tuesday: Menlo Park fire board to discuss concerns with JPA agreement

Original post made on Apr 16, 2019

Faced with the complexity of the issue, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District has asked for more time to evaluate a proposal for the first new countywide joint powers authority operating agreement in 10 years.

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Apr 16, 2019 at 6:31 am

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The purpose of any JPA is to better serve the residents of the Fire District. The current JPA no longer does this and it should be abandoned and replaced with a new JPA that reflects the current realities.


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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 17, 2019 at 8:35 am

Peter:
Great idea......but only one bidder. California state law states the fire district cannot provide their own ambulance services? They AMR, has us over a barrel.

The JPA and San Mateo County will vote for these agreements. Now what about the next ten years? Does the fire district have a 3 to 5 year plan to start their own services? Challenge the state law? Does the firefighters want to do transport services? what added expenses......Equipment, vehicles, etc....


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Apr 17, 2019 at 9:31 am

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A new JPA would still, as required by State law, have the County responsible for transport/ambulances but the other elements of a new JPA should reflect the current realities.

There is no reason that a city without a fire department should vote on issues that only concern fire departments.


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