Advisory committee recommends major changes to Chico Fire and Rescue operations

Sep 29, 2014 6:31 PM by News Staff

An advisory committee assembled to analyze issues facing the Chico Fire Department released its final report today, and is recommending the department make some significant changes.

The Chico Fire and Rescue's Citizen Advisory committee began reviewing the department's operations in late January as a way to get a fresh set of eyes on the department's operations and the community's public safety needs. The city has been under the gun financially for the past several years and that has forced both the police and fire departments to cut back on overtime and special assignments, like traffic and gang prevention.

At the same time, new information that shed light on how Chico leaders continue to approve rich salary and benefit packages for firefighters despite clear signs that the city would have a hard time affording those expenses down the road.

The report also recommends that the city and all other county public safety agencies take a serious look at consolidating emergency dispatch services. The committee points to Shasta County where Shascom handles all emergency calls as compared to the eight separate dispatch agencies serving Butte County.

Read the full report here.


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