San Diego’s lifeguard union leader accused the fire chief of risking lives by not letting them go to Houston, but it was only the latest confrontation in a long-simmering dispute between the two.
An understaffed SDPD has been forced to make tough decisions with limited resources. Officers still respond to emergencies ahead of the department’s goal, but the department is failing to meet its own standards with every other type of call that comes in.
Early on in his State of the City address last week, Mayor Kevin Faulconer called out three neighborhoods that have had historically poor emergency response, but benefited from new programs.
A key part of the pitch for the two-person emergency response crew serving Encanto is that it’s cheap. But firefighter union president Alan Arrollado says the crews are actually a raw deal for taxpayers.
An experiment in Encanto is relying on a two-person crew to answer emergencies. But that crew is only staffed 12 hours a day. Is a good use of taxpayer dollars?
The mayor wants to add an additional two-person emergency response crew after the success of one in Encanto.
A new contract was supposed to go out to bid three years ago. But now it might take until the middle of 2017.
After years of broken promises and reluctance from some City Council members, the city put two more firefighters in Encanto. Early results are encouraging and more good news is on the way.
The mayor said the city has had issues responding to emergencies in the South Bay. The truth is more narrow than that — in fact, it’s a single address that causes most problems.
Under Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s proposal, a new two-person emergency crew would start in July and a temporary fire station in another at-risk community would come six months later.