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City of Pismo Beach, CA
Citygate conducted a high-level assessment of the feasibility of fire agency consolidation for these agencies: Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach, and the Oceano Community Services District. The partners desired an independent review of the current fire department service relationships to determine if a functional or a full consolidation of one or more departments would provide cost stabilization while maintaining effective services. Options explored include a City-owned fire department, a contract with CAL FIRE, or full consolidation. The study included a strong volunteer fire service component. The study used geo-mapping tools to briefly review fire station service areas and conduct an assessment of current expenses, and it included an examination of governance options. The City of Pismo Beach agreed with Citygate’s recommendations to remain with CAL FIRE. In early 2010, the other agencies established a JPA single fire agency along the lines of the Citygate recommendation.

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