In light of the fiscal challenges facing the North County Fire Protection District, a fair question might be, “What has the NCFPD done to reduce its operating costs?”
In fact, the District has taken multiple steps to reduce operating costs. Some of these include the following:
- The District has converted ambulance staffing to non-firefighting personnel to save on payroll and benefit costs.
- Four administrative staff positions have been left unfilled for over 5 years.
- The District has increased the use of part-time personnel.
- The District closed an underutilized fire station and reassigned personnel to a previously unstaffed station.
- Employees pay their full portion toward retirement, and have agreed to pay even more toward future pension obligations.
- District officials have identified real estate (property) to sell in order to generate funding for addressing some of the pressing fiscal challenges
- The District has purchased facilities that were formerly leased, such as the NCFPD’s administrative headquarters, located on Main Street in Fallbrook.
- The District actively supported the abolishment of the State Fire Fee, for which District and the communities it serves received no additional benefits.
- Solar power has been installed at 4 fire stations to reduce utility costs.
As a result of these, and other, cost-cutting tactics, the District came in under budget last 2 years. That said, the fiscal challenges facing the NCFPD continue to mount.