The Coastside Fire Protection Board of Directors is expected to take action, determining the future of the Coastside’s fire protection services during a meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The agenda suggests that the board may begin the process to adopt either a salary and benefits package for a standalone department or pursue a contract with CalFire, which currently protects the Coastside.
“When it’s all said and done – I don’t know,” President Doug Mackintosh said as to what might be decided. “From a personal standpoint, I want the very best we can get for the Coastside.”
Some members of the board, including Mackintosh, called for an investigation of the CalFire contract, suggesting the state fire agency hasn’t lived up to expectations. Others hotly reject this and believe it makes sense to keep CalFire.
Board members have butted heads over the subject since December. Subsequently the board hired consultants to investigate what it would take to cancel the CalFire contract and establish a standalone department.