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June 28, 2011 > Analysis of consolidated fire service

Analysis of consolidated fire service

Submitted By Steven Blomquist

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Supervisor Dave Cortese's request, on June 21, 2011, for a cost-benefit analysis of consolidating all fire services within the county under one entity, such as the Santa Clara County Fire Department. The report will consider consolidation and integration of administrative and support services, resource and infrastructure management and employee benefits system.

"We look constantly for ways to provide services more efficiently to our residents," said Supervisor Dave Cortese, President of the Board of Supervisors. "Consolidation may be an opportunity to reduce costs while saving jobs and preserving public safety services. It's been a proven model in other jurisdictions."

The Santa Clara County Fire Department serves unincorporated Santa Clara County as well as the communities of Campbell, Cupertino, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill (partial) and Saratoga. The Department has experience operating a variety of different services such as rural, urban and contract services.

For more information, contact Steven Blomquist at (408) 299-5030.

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