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Posted on: January 7, 2019

City of Placentia seeks to Enhance Local Fire and Emergency Medical Services for Residents

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The City of Placentia announced on December 20, 2018, that they will be undertaking a competitive proposal process to review and consider a number of highly qualified Fire and Emergency Medical Service providers – including Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) - in an effort to enhance and expand life-saving 911 services for local residents.

A selection panel with representatives from the community, local leaders, and nationally-renowned fire and life-saving experts will be reviewing service proposals.

 “Nearly 80% of 911 emergency calls to our Fire Department by Placentia residents are for medical emergencies.  The City seeks to maintain and enhance rapid medical emergency response times and ensure a high level of these life-saving services over the long-term, for our residents,” said Mayor Rhonda Shader, “Towards this end, the City will be going through a comprehensive, methodical  process of evaluating different fire and paramedic proposals to ensure our service delivery model is well-positioned to provide high quality life-saving and fire safety services well into the future.”

Although our risk is low, and Placentia is a suburban community with very few structure fires, recent California wildfires have jumped into suburban areas, and the nature of firefighting has changed. Unfortunately, no community is immune from the risk of a devastating fire. As fire hazards have become deadlier, City leaders believe that Placentia must be prepared for any form of this type of disaster.

 “The City views long-term public safety and disaster response services as a holistic approach that includes not only fire and paramedic services, but also our local Police Department,” said Police Chief Darin Lenyi. “In natural disasters, law enforcement plays a critical coordination and preparedness role.  And of course, over the long-term, the City has an interest in expanding proactive community policing, investigation, gang reduction efforts and other approaches to preventing crime before it starts.”

 “OCFA’s level of service has generally remained the same since 1995; however, OCFA’s contract costs have increased by 47% since 2009. The City has a fiduciary and moral responsibility to examine other methods of continuing these life-saving services for our residents in a fiscally sustainable manner - whether it is through other fire service providers or through our own local fire department,” said City Administrator Damien R. Arrula.

 For more information about Placentia’s Fire and Emergency Medical Services competitive proposal process, please visit www.placentia.org/fireems

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