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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

San Carlos votes to partner with Redwood City on a "shared services"

SAN CARLOS SAYS NO TO FOR-PROFIT FIRE SERVICE:

The San Carlos city council unanimously voted to partner with Redwood City last night on a "shared services/collaborative" hybrid FD, with more than 150 vocally passionate attendees, many of whom held anti-Wackenhut signs in opposition of the private for-profit company who wanted the contract.
The hybrid proposal will save the city $1.8 million. As a back-up plan, the city also voted to 3-2 to re invite the private firm Wackenhut Services to re bid should negotiations with Redwood City fail.
The details of the hybrid option are as follow:
  • Redwood City will provide four firefighters staffing "Truck 9" out of Fire Station 9.
  • Supervision and scene management will be provided by Redwood City
  • Administrative staff will be provided by Redwood City including Fire Chief, Deputy Fire Chief, an administrative assistant, a secretary, and another secretary working out of the 755 Marshall Street office.
  • A fire inspector will be assigned to San Carlos.
  • Training services will be provided by Redwood City's battalion Chief.
  • San Carlos would maintain an EMS battalion chief.
Wackenhut, the for profit business that had a sent in a bid to the city just before the April 1 deadline - offers businesses and governments an array of services, including EMS and fire. Not surprisingly, the company had presented some "not completely accurate" details in their presentation.

Source: The Secret List 4-26-11 / 0600 hours

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