Will Brea’s Fire Department survive?

 Why does the Brea Firefighters Union want to stop being a city-run department?

Folks in Brea are up in arms over plans to possibly outsource their Fire Department, or otherwise restructure it. The plans are not coming from the City Council, but rather from the Firefighters union, which paid $30,000 for a study about the restructing options.

At the April 21, 2010 City Council Special Meeting, the Brea City Council was presented with a report summarizing potential Fire Service Delivery Options. There will be a second public meeting on Wednesday, May 11, at 6:00 p.m. in the Plaza Ballroom at the Brea Community Center.

The report and presentation from the April meeting are both available for viewing by clicking the links embedded here.

Fire Department Options include:

  • Maintain the Brea Fire Department in its current configuration
  • Contract with the Orange County Fire Authority
  • Contract with the Consolidated Fire Protection District of Los Angeles County
  • Restructure the Brea Fire Department
  • Restructure the Brea Fire Department and share Command staffing with the City of Fullerton

Rumor has it that the reason the Brea Firefighters Union want to go with the O.C. Fire Authority is so that they can make more money via more overtime hours.

Contact the Brea City Council at this link.

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