OROVILLE, Calif. - Oroville City Council will begin contracting with CAL FIRE to temporarily respond to fire dispatch services.
Council decided to adopt the resolution in a 4-3 vote.
About a month ago, the council approved a contract with CAL FIRE for fire protection services and fire dispatch services.
But those services are scheduled to start on July 1, 2022.
Council wanted to figure out what to do until then.
Currently, the Oroville Police Department dispatches for fire calls, but the department is experiencing a staffing shortage.
Action News Now spoke with Councilmember David Pittman about why they decided to go with CAL FIRE.
“It’s nice that we moved forward,” Pittman said. “My concerns are if the dispatches occur, I want to see the response policies and where we are going to be going and are we truly providing the services to the city of Oroville best? I have no problem with them doing the dispatch. They are certainly competent and certainly have service to provide.”
Now, fire dispatch duties will be coming out of the Emergency Command Center operated by CAL FIRE in Oroville.
CAL FIRE will begin dispatching for Oroville Fire on Dec. 1.
The temporary fire dispatch contract with CAL FIRE will end on June 30, 2022.
Then, CAL FIRE will start its actual contract with the city for fire protection services and dispatch services starting July 1, 2022.