Bodega Bay Fire officially consolidates with Sonoma County teams
On Thursday, April 8, the Sonoma County Local Agency Training Board (LAFCO) took an important step toward finalizing the consolidation of the Bodega Bay Fire Protection District with the County Fire District of Sonoma.
BBFPD will now be SCFD Station 10 in the consolidated agency. From land to sea, the district will provide 24/7 “all-hazards” service to a wide area of Sonoma County. SCFD’s 911 Paramedic Transport/Responder Ambulances and paramedic staffed motors will provide vital emergency medical services in urban and rural areas.
SCFD is known as an innovative district that has successfully used past consolidations to improve both service levels and administrative efficiencies. The consolidation is the result of a multi-year commitment by the two organizations, their boards of directors, their management and their staff.
“This consolidation merges two strong agencies into one. We know each other well and we share common values, and we share a common mission. I am excited about our combined future,” said BBFPD Deputy Chief Steve Herzberg. “The Sonoma County Fire District is known for its visionary approach to creating a better model of fire and emergency medical service, and over the past two years we have worked together to push those boundaries. Many of our initiatives will not only improve services in Sonoma County, but are also being tracked statewide. We are grateful for the opportunities this consolidation presents to us, and we will take advantage of each one as we build an innovative, strong and robust safety net for all those we serve.
The process was multi-year and required county and Bodega Bay Fire work.
“It has been a long process for both agencies and we could not be more grateful for the commitment of our members, Bodega Bay residents and owners, District Councils and Board of Supervisors to cross the line. arrival,” said SCFD Fire Chief Mark Heine. “This will enable us to provide top-notch fire and life safety services to our Bodega Bay community and allow us to provide the enhanced services that a larger organization can provide across the entire 250 square miles of the Sonoma County Fire District. ”
Although there are still a few procedural steps to go through, the date for “Go-Live” has been set for July 1, 2022. To make this possible, the agencies have had transition plans in place for several months, all with the goal in mind. , to provide the highest levels of care to those who call us at some of their worst times.