SAN DIEGO — CAL FIRE Chief Ruben Grijalva and San Diego County Administrator Walt Ekard met December 12 to discuss winter staffing levels for CAL FIRE’s San Diego unit.
The statement below was released following their meeting.
“CAL FIRE and county staff met this morning and agreed to extend current staffing levels for two weeks to allow the county time to evaluate its specific needs for winter staffing and to develop an appropriate plan to manage the transition.
“The discussion during the meeting focused on extension of this one-time budget reduction of $1.3 million within the CAL FIRE San Diego Unit, the various ways that it can be applied with the least amount of disruption and doing so while keeping people and their property safe.
“We want to make it clear that during times of imminent fire danger and the need for fire personnel to fight those fires, CAL FIRE will have the personnel available to protect the people and property of San Diego County and all other regions of the state.
“We have been good partners, CAL FIRE and San Diego County, we have worked well together as is evidenced by the outcome of this meeting and we look forward to maintaining our strong, long-term relationship.”