Budget Crunch is here: Oxnard City Fire Station Closures

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6/4/2015

Official Press Release Oxnard Firefighters Association Local 1684; President Jeff Donabedian RE: Oxnard City Fire Station Closures

Oxnard City Manager Proposes to Close Fire Engines

The Oxnard Firefighters Association learned today that the City’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2015-2016, includes the Closure of a Neighborhood Fire Station, and that Fire Station 8 will not open with a Fire Engine Company or a Battalion Chief. With the closure of two (2), and may be three (3) Fire Engine Companies and one (1) Fire Station, the businesses and citizens of Oxnard should be prepared to wait for an extraordinary amount of time for emergency services to arrive to an emergency incident.

When someone stops breathing they only have 6-8 minutes before brain death takes place. If we cannot get to you or your loved one on time, brain death becomes irreversible. If a small fire remains unchecked for 7-8 minutes it can erupt in to a phenomena known as “flashover.” Flashover is the spontaneous ignition of all combustibles in a room, and when it happens, a mini explosion causes temperatures to soar to over 1200 degrees Fahrenheit, killing all living things in its vicinity.

The Oxnard Fire Department is already one of the lowest staffed and funded departments in the State of California. Any reduction to our Emergency Resources will translate in to us not being there when you need us the most. We already struggle to meet our daily demand for services, and with these proposed budget cuts and closures, the only people that are paying the price are the people and businesses of Oxnard, not the Northern California consultant company that has hired anti-employee legal and analysis teams, like Renee, Sloan, Holtzman, and Sakai and Bartel and Associates which has already charged the City of Oxnard and taxpayers over $2 million in fees to date.

The Oxnard Firefighters Association encourages the community and businesses to contact the City Manager at (805)385-7430 to oppose the proposed budget cuts that will make our jobs more difficult and compromise public safety and our ability to respond when you need us most. We have always been there to answer your call when you needed us most, now we hope you will do the same for us. In addition to contacting the city managers office, the public is encouraged to contact the Mayor and City Council members at the following:

Mayor Tim Flynn: [email protected]

Mayor Pro-tem Carmen Ramirez [email protected]

Councilman Bryan MacDonald [email protected]

Councilwoman Dorina Padilla [email protected]

Councilman Bert Perello [email protected]

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Thank you for your time, feel free to contact me for any information. Ulises Castellanos PIO, Oxnard Firefighters Association Local 1684 818-357-7114 [email protected]  P.O. BOX 5503, OXNARD CA, 93031 (805) 469-2041 WWW.OXNARDFIREFIGHTERS.ORG

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Note: Next Oxnard City Council meeting is Tuesday:

Name Date Agenda
City Council Meeting June 9, 2015 – 04:30 PM View Agenda

 

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2 Responses to Budget Crunch is here: Oxnard City Fire Station Closures

  1. Citizen Reporter June 8, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    Received from
    Cin Collins
    Jun 8th, 9:01pm

    For over 31 years the Oxnard Fire department has been an immeasurable part of my life. My father dedicated 29 years to the fire department and over 35 years to the City of Oxnard. Our family couldn’t be more blessed to be part of this incredible department.

    About 2 years ago when our toddler was literally on death’s door following three cardiac arrests these men and women, jumped into action. They followed their natural instincts and went above and beyond to care for “one of their own”. Because of their nobility and good heartedness my son’s father made the decision that he would like nothing else than to become part of this family. After 12 years of schooling and a thriving career as a paramedic he chose to dedicate his life to the Oxnard Fire Department and did whatever needed to be pursued to do so. In May 2015, after 4 grueling months of a military style academy he earned his badge. Unfortunately, to our dismay his success, dedication, as well as our livelihood is at the city’s disposal pending the new budget.

    Until recently there was never a point where our confidence in Oxnard Fire was wavering. Every day these fathers, mothers, grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles make a choice go to work, put their lives on the line for their community KNOWING that there is a real possibility of not returning home. Many wouldn’t and do not make that commitment. This is why I can’t imagine how their devotion to do so is being stripped from them.

    With all the talk about “budget cuts” I feel as though many of us think of numbers and money. The brutal reality is it’s lives that the city is playing with. There are countless calls that constantly go out through Oxnard that many are unaware of. The week of May 24, 2015 through May 31,2015 354 calls went out ( http://www.//bit.1y/fmnew6q). If the city takes away from an already UNDERSTAFFED department that could be your grandparent that may not get help in time during a heart attack or it could be you and your child trapped in your car waiting for help after a traffic collision. For those in the community these are the situations and consequences that you need to be aware of following the passing of this budget. I personally, don’t think any amount of dollars can be put on a life and I would hope the city’s officials feel the same way.

    For those with loved ones in the community and/or live in Oxnard this is the opportunity for you to give back and let the city council know how you feel. Contact the City Manager at (805)385-7430. In addition to contacting the city managers office, It just takes a brief moment to write a letter with your concerns and make them aware that YOU do care!

    To contact the Mayor and City Council members at the following:
    Mayor Tim Flynn: [email protected]

    Mayor Pro-tem Carmen Ramirez [email protected]

    Councilman Bryan MacDonald [email protected]

    Councilwoman Dorina Padilla [email protected]

    Councilman Bert Perello [email protected]

    Mayor Tim Flynn: [email protected]

    Mayor Pro-tem Carmen Ramirez [email protected]

    Councilman Bryan MacDonald [email protected]

    Councilwoman Dorina Padilla [email protected]

    Councilman Bert Perello [email protected]

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  2. Larry Stein June 6, 2015 at 3:43 am

    If you started using 2 people BLS crews instead of 3 person BLS crews, you would have 50% more BLS crews, going from 8 to 12. My analysis presented at the previoius city count meeting illistrated that if therr were 12 BLS crews each crew would average 1 call for service every 4 hours.
    .Analysis of BLS Calls for service

    OXFD Calls for service Calls per day 360 days per year
    Total Calls for service for year 15,471 17,280 17,640
    Average Calls for Service per day 43 48 49

    Estimated BLS Calls for service
    70% of total calls per day 30.10 33.60 34.30
    75% of total calls per day 32.25 36.00 36.75
    80% of total calls per day 34.40 38.40 39.20
    85% of total calls per day 36.55 40.80 41.65

    Calls per crew per day
    7 3 person crews
    70% of total calls per day 4.30 4.80 4.90
    75% of total calls per day 4.61 5.14 5.25
    80% of total calls per day 4.91 5.49 5.60
    85% of total calls per day 5.22 5.83 5.95

    8 3 person crews
    70% of total calls per day 3.76 4.20 4.29
    75% of total calls per day 4.03 4.50 4.59
    80% of total calls per day 4.30 4.80 4.90
    85% of total calls per day 4.57 5.10 5.21

    12 2 person crews
    70% of total calls per day 2.51 2.80 2.86
    75% of total calls per day 2.69 3.00 3.06
    80% of total calls per day 2.87 3.20 3.27
    85% of total calls per day 3.05 3.40 3.47

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