Good news for the residents of Elk Grove as we head into the busy fire season. The Cosumnes Community Services District has voted to end the rotating fire engine brown outs and will restore full service to all fire stations. Budget cutbacks had forced the CSD to rotate engine brownouts among some of its stations.
COSUMNES COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT
June 26, 2015 Contact: (916) 753-1999
Cosumnes Fire Department to End Engine Company Closures in New Fiscal Year
With approval of the Cosumnes Community Services District’s 2015/2016 Preliminary Budget, the Board of Directors authorized the Fire Chief to end the rotational engine company closure beginning July 1st. This rotational closure has been in place in Elk Grove since April 2013. The recommendation by the Fire Chief to the Board was a direct result of General Fund relief brought on by new revenue sources and therefore will not burden the reserves still impacted by the recession.
Originally the rotational engine company closure included three engines, one each day, based on daily staffing levels impacted by vacations, sick leave, etc. The result was that an engine company was out of service each day 87% of the time.
Early in 2015, one of those companies was restored due to the implementation of the First Responder Fee. This fee is to offset the costs of providing advanced life support services on Engine and Truck Companies at the Department. Shortly thereafter, the Fire Department applied for and received revenue from a new program offered by the State and Federal Government in the Medi-Cal Managed Care Program. These additional revenues total more than 1.5 Million Dollars and offered the District the ability to restore these mission critical resources.
“The fact that we’re able to restore this important service delivery level in Elk Grove is a direct result of hard work and efforts of many here at the Department to find innovative solutions to new revenue, said Fire Chief Tracey Hansen. If we were to wait for property tax revenues to rebound and fund this service delivery return, it could have taken months or years longer.”
The Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD) Fire Department serves an estimated 183,000 south Sacramento County residents in a 157-square mile area. It provides fire protection and emergency medical services for the cities of Elk Grove and Galt and unincorporated areas of south Sacramento County. The Department runs approximately 15,000 calls for service annually and has eight stations district-wide, six in Elk Grove and two in Galt.