PLEASE take a couple minutes to watch this video.
I hope you will get enthused and involved by coming to the Fire Board meeting on Tuesday, February 13, 10 am at the new Julian Fire Station on Highway 79. Learn the facts, ask questions and then we hope you will show your support for JCFPD to stay independent from the County.
Thank you to everyone who has been working their tails off to keep our volunteer fire department going while Jack Shelver and Chief Marinelli do everything they can to undermine those efforts in spite of the fact that our elected Fire Board has voted three time already, 4 to 1, to stay independent. Jack Shelver has consistently been the only vote against staying independent and now he has put the vote on the agenda for the 4th time, which appears to be in violation of the Brown Act! Apparently he intends to just keep putting votes on the agend until he gets the result HE personally wants.
Why should we trust the county? From experience, I certainly don’t. Their word is not worth the paper it’s written on. One budget cut and our fire coverage could be gone. That has already happened in many other small towns that trusted the county. We will have a new group of County Supervisors in 2018 and none of them will have any allegiance to the shallow promises being made now. The county does not care about us. They have certainly made that very evident with their strong-arm tactic of closing their two stations in the Julian district. San Diego County Fire Authority/Cal Fire’s job is to be here for wildland fires but instead they have decided to play hardball with us by pulling out of Julian during a time when there is high fire danger and Santa Ana winds. WE PAY TAXES FOR WILDLAND FIRE PROTECTION! Their scare mongering lies and recent criminal hacking of all 5 of our fire department related websites are examples of their bullying tactics to force us to bend to their will.
I trust our volunteer firefighters to be here for structure fires, accidents and medical emergencies. If any of you think that “Paid” firefighters are better, then you have NO idea the number of training hours a volunteer firefighter puts in and continues to put in throughout their volunteer tenure. If I need to call them, I want our local volunteer professionals to help me, not a constant rotating door of strangers who can’t find my house and are just here until they can get a job in the city. The medical side of JCFPD is and always has been trained, paid, professionals.
We have a new fire station and a new fire engine. We did this! Why should we turn it over to the county? We have kept JCFPD going strong for 34 years on a measly $50 benefit fee which has not been raised since 1984 and community fundraisers. Yes, we have gotten a little help from the county and everyone including us have been and continue to pay taxes for that. We can improve JCFPD’s excellent services without the county’s help if we raise the benefit fee to $200 per household per year.
WE are the movers and shakers of our community. WE can do this! With proper and supportive leadership we could have a paramedic engine and a backup ambulance up and running in no time at all!