The City of Santa Ana could save over ten million dollars a year by signing on with the Orange County Fire Authority, according to a proposal submitted to our city manager by OCFA Fire Chief Keith Richter.
According to the proposal, “OCFA will be offering a Division Chief position to the current Santa Ana Fire Chief, who will be instrumental in the transition process for the City. The Division Chief provides a level of local control for the City Council and staff by participation on relevant public safety committees, participation at city staff meetings and attendance at city council meetings. The option also includes the transition of 192 sworn personnel and 141 non-sworn personnel*.”
The OCFA is also planning to work with our diverse community, “All of our partner communities have unique characteristics and demographics and OCFA strives to meet the diverse needs of each. OCFA recognizes the need for bilingual, Spanish speaking personnel in Santa Ana, and therefore our proposal for fire and emergency services includes a component to maximize the number of bilingual, Spanish speaking personnel working within the City. Creating a diverse workforce that matches our services areas is an OCFA value. Adapting to this need in Santa Ana will benefit the service level provided to the entire OCFA system.”
Start-up costs could reach one a half million but the OCFA is willing to amortize those over a period of time. Click here to read the proposal for yourself.