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John R. Hawkins Fire Chief RIVERSIDE COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT BUDGET IMPACT HEARINGS FY 12-13.

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1 John R. Hawkins Fire Chief RIVERSIDE COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT BUDGET IMPACT HEARINGS FY 12-13

2 Keep critical fire stations open Keep critical fire stations open Provide Advanced Life Support (ALS) paramedic service Provide Advanced Life Support (ALS) paramedic service Keep safe engine company staffing with 3 FFs Keep safe engine company staffing with 3 FFs Maintain sufficient support infrastructure to sustain department operations Maintain sufficient support infrastructure to sustain department operations Be part of budget solution not part of problem Be part of budget solution not part of problem BOARD OF SUPERVISOR PREVIOUS BUDGET DIRECTION

3 We will try to close budget gap while still maintaining critical public safety services We will try to close budget gap while still maintaining critical public safety services We may not be able to close gap but we will seriously try We may not be able to close gap but we will seriously try FIRE DEPARTMENT BUDGET COMMITMENT

4 Presenting budget impact & reduction options Presenting budget impact & reduction options FY budget gap $10.2 million FY budget gap $10.2 million Presenting budget reduction options of $3.7 million Presenting budget reduction options of $3.7 million We consider any reductions temporary until economy recovers We consider any reductions temporary until economy recovers BUDGET REDUCTION OPTIONS SIGNIFICANT POINTS

5 Personnel Personnel 1,145 CAL FIRE career firefighters & support 1,145 CAL FIRE career firefighters & support 223 County or City support personnel 223 County or City support personnel 280 Volunteer Reserve Firefighters 280 Volunteer Reserve Firefighters Fire Stations & Equipment Fire Stations & Equipment 94 Fire stations 94 Fire stations 103 Staffed fire engines 103 Staffed fire engines 7 Staffed aerial ladders 7 Staffed aerial ladders 1 Staffed breathing support unit 1 Staffed breathing support unit 2 Staffed hazardous material teams 2 Staffed hazardous material teams 17 Fire crews assigned to 3 camps 17 Fire crews assigned to 3 camps 1 Fire fighting copter 1 Fire fighting copter 2 Air tankers 2 Air tankers 1 Air tactics plane (directs air tankers) 1 Air tactics plane (directs air tankers) CAL FIRE RIVERSIDE COUNTY FIRE FIGHTING RESOURCES

6 PAST 5 YEAR REDUCTIONS Reduced aggregate County & cities budgets from $245 million to $215 million Reduced aggregate County & cities budgets from $245 million to $215 million For same budgets, reduced 240 positions For same budgets, reduced 240 positions

7 FISCAL YEAR COMPARISON Fiscal Year Revenues (SFT, Prop 172, Grants, Cost Recovery) Expenditures Difference (NCC) $ 124,772,661$ 174,867,699$ 50,095, $ 125,132,495$ 169,545,610$ 44,413, $ 120,688,787$ 162,693,008$ 42,024, $ 120,879,035$ 164,977,261$ 44,098,226

8 BUDGET REDUCTION OVERVIEW In the past, have done everything practically possible to reduce costs while still maintaining basic response services In the past, have done everything practically possible to reduce costs while still maintaining basic response services Reductions are viewed as temporary consequently termed Zero Funded Reductions are viewed as temporary consequently termed Zero Funded Reductions total $3.7 million Reductions total $3.7 million

9 Explanation: Zero fund H&S Battalion Chief staff position Zero fund H&S Battalion Chief staff position Duties: Manages Health & Safety Bureau Duties: Manages Health & Safety Bureau Reassign 4 staff members to Training Bureau Battalion Chief Reassign 4 staff members to Training Bureau Battalion Chief Impact: Reduce health & safety capacity & oversight Reduce health & safety capacity & oversight Unable to provide same level of health & safety support or accident investigation Unable to provide same level of health & safety support or accident investigation Further increased workload for Training Chief reducing training priority Further increased workload for Training Chief reducing training priority Loss of one Battalion Chief (surge capacity) Loss of one Battalion Chief (surge capacity) ZERO FUND: HEALTH & SAFETY BUREAU BATTALION CHIEF

10 Explanation: Zero fund PIO Fire Captain staff position Zero fund PIO Fire Captain staff position Duties: Oversees Public Affair Bureau Duties: Oversees Public Affair Bureau Reassign 2 staff members to Senior Public Information Specialist Reassign 2 staff members to Senior Public Information Specialist Impact: Must reduce public contacts & education Must reduce public contacts & education Loss of one fire trained PIO (surge capacity) Loss of one fire trained PIO (surge capacity) Loss public affairs capability Loss public affairs capability ZERO FUND: PIO FIRE CAPTAIN

11 Explanation: Zero fund 2 Strategic Planning Fire Captains Zero fund 2 Strategic Planning Fire Captains Duties: Works with developers seeking strategic planning input & plans fire station design & construction Duties: Works with developers seeking strategic planning input & plans fire station design & construction Reassign 2 remaining Strategic Planning personnel to Support Services Division Chief Reassign 2 remaining Strategic Planning personnel to Support Services Division Chief Impact: Loss of 2 Fire Captains (surge capacity) Loss of 2 Fire Captains (surge capacity) Loss of immediate contact with developers with impact to long range planning needs Loss of immediate contact with developers with impact to long range planning needs Loss of fire experts who provide design expertise for fire station planning Loss of fire experts who provide design expertise for fire station planning Spreads strategic planning work across multiple staff reducing consistency and cohesiveness Spreads strategic planning work across multiple staff reducing consistency and cohesiveness ZERO FUND: STRATEGIC PLANNING FIRE CAPTAINS

12 Explanation: Zero fund 2 County OES support positions Zero fund 2 County OES support positions Duties: Oversee EOC operation & support activities Duties: Oversee EOC operation & support activities Reassign duties to other County OES personnel Reassign duties to other County OES personnel Impact: Loss of EOC staffing (surge capacity) Loss of EOC staffing (surge capacity) Reduce capability to respond to emergencies Reduce capability to respond to emergencies ZERO FUND: COUNTY OES POSITIONS

13 Explanation: Zero fund Engine 42 (Oasis) Zero fund Engine 42 (Oasis) Replace with two person medic squad at FS 40 (Mecca) Replace with two person medic squad at FS 40 (Mecca) Impact: Loss of community fire engine (surge capacity) Loss of community fire engine (surge capacity) Response time from Mecca to Oasis marginally increased Response time from Mecca to Oasis marginally increased FS 42 (Oasis) uninhabitable; condemned by EDA & County Building Official FS 42 (Oasis) uninhabitable; condemned by EDA & County Building Official Currently temporary facility Currently temporary facility FS 42 (Oasis) located very near Imperial County Line-not best location FS 42 (Oasis) located very near Imperial County Line-not best location ZERO FUND: ENGINE 42 & REPLACE WITH MEDIC SQUAD AT FS 40

14 FS 42 (OASIS) STATION CONDEMNED & TEMP BUILDING

15 Explanation: Zero fund Engine 18 (West Riverside) Zero fund Engine 18 (West Riverside) Replace Engine 18 with two person medic squad Replace Engine 18 with two person medic squad 7 months per year CAL FIRE may staff engine 7 months per year CAL FIRE may staff engine Impact: Loss of one medic engine company (surge capacity) Loss of one medic engine company (surge capacity) Paramedic service will continue from FS 18 Paramedic service will continue from FS 18 Next nearest engine response from FS 16 (Pedley) or FS 38 (Rubidoux) Next nearest engine response from FS 16 (Pedley) or FS 38 (Rubidoux) Engine availability subject to state engine staffing Engine availability subject to state engine staffing ZERO FUND: ENGINE 18 & CONVERT TO MEDIC SQUAD

16 Explanation: Zero fund 18 fire station relief positions throughout the County Zero fund 18 fire station relief positions throughout the County Use overtime to cover relief posts at 40% savings per position Use overtime to cover relief posts at 40% savings per position Impact: Reduction of total fire personnel (surge capacity) Reduction of total fire personnel (surge capacity) Increases overtime costs but still 40% less than fully funded positions Increases overtime costs but still 40% less than fully funded positions Staffing dependent on personnel accepting overtime Staffing dependent on personnel accepting overtime Requires personnel to be forced to cover vacant assignment posts Requires personnel to be forced to cover vacant assignment posts ZERO FUND: 18 FIRE STATION RELIEF POSITIONS & USE OVERTIME FOR STAFFING

17 Fire Department must retain strength of fire system while still attempting significant budget reductions Fire Department must retain strength of fire system while still attempting significant budget reductions Fire will try our best to close remaining budget gap to avoid closing fire stations Fire will try our best to close remaining budget gap to avoid closing fire stations Fire Department will follow Boards direction Fire Department will follow Boards direction Thank you very much Thank you very much CONCLUSION

18 - THANK YOU - Fire Chief John R. Hawkins Office: (951)


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