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County Supervisors OK Proposals to Centralize Firefighting Efforts

San Diego County Supervisors today approved two separate proposals designed to coordinate fire fighting resources around the County. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

County Supervisors OK Proposals to Centralize Firefighting Efforts

San Diego County Supervisors today approved two separate proposals designed to coordinate fire fighting resources around the County. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

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San Diego is the only large California County without a coordinated fire fighting agency. The backcountry is covered by a patchwork of more than 50 fire departments.

Supervisor Dianne Jacob supports plans based on proposals by a State Commission. She says it will centralize firefighting command and control.

Jacob : It will also reduce bureaucracy, streamline operation and eliminate duplication.

However, the plan is expensive: more than $20 million.

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County staff will study a hybrid version and return with recommendations in four months.

Meanwhile Supervisor Ron Roberts proposes a regional committee, co-chaired with mayor Jerry Sanders.

Roberts : This committee will review the government codes and review short term and long term options related to a regional fire authority.

Roberts says his group will come up recommendations before the next fire season.

Alison St John, KPBS News.

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