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Fire staffing, consolidation findings at firehouse


By Jay Gamel

As you may have read in the Sept. 15 issue of the Kenwood Press, a sudden turnover at the Kenwood Fire Protection District (KFD) was about to put a major strain on engine staffing when the Sonoma Valley Fire District stepped up and offered to keep Kenwood not only fully staffed, but raise the level of medical help available on every call to paramedic advanced life support. Kenwood has had basic life support until now.

KFD invites everyone to meet both district’s fire chiefs at a 6:30 p.m. meeting at the Kenwood firehouse to ask questions about the nine-month staffing agreement (with options to renew, if needed). That will happen on Monday, Oct. 10.

At the Kenwood FPD Director’s regular meeting at 4 p.m. on the following day, Oct. 11, an exploratory consolidation ad hoc committee will present their findings and recommendations. Jack Atkins and Daymon Doss have been meeting with key players at the county and district levels.

Sonoma County’s three dozen independent fire districts have consolidated to 11 districts and the process is continuing. Kenwood’s efforts to join with Sonoma Valley FD were stymied by wage disparities that are still problematic.