A MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF
It will be two years this June that I have been your Chief. When I started the JCFPD had some serious issues that needed to be addressed. It was very apparent from the town hall meeting and subsequent Board meetings that the Chief position needed to be filled. The Board accomplished that task and I started to work on the issues facing the District.
We had three huge tasks ahead of us:
We have balanced budgets for both, fire and ambulance and have been able to increase the level of our general reserve funds. At this point the budget outlook is stable. But the current revenues do not increase with inflation. This means in the future the JCFPD may have to reduce services to stay within our income.
Emergency Medical System (EMS) calls have been steadily increasing each year. We are running about 300-500 calls annually. This is primarily due to the increase in tourism. The charter of the JCFPD requires us to respond to all EMS calls within the District along with the County sponsored ambulance. This has been an increasing challenge with an all volunteer workforce. The JCFPD has met this challenge with the help of our volunteers, reserves and an automatic aid agreement with Cal Fire. Hopefully we can continue to meet the challenge in the future.
I invite all of you to attend our monthly Board meetings and feel free to provide input. This is your Fire Department and we welcome any and all input. You can also contact one of the five Board members or me anytime. We are here to serve the community.
Zone 1: 30 feet adjacent to the home
Prune trees 6-10’ from the ground
Trim trees that overhang the home
Use non-flammable materials
Remove dead vegetation
Move firewood and propane tanks
Zone 2: 30-100 feet from the home
Space trees 20-30’ apart
Create “fuel breaks” like gravel walks
Remove brush and woody debris
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