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June 24, 2011 > Cortese requests analysis of consolidated fire service

Cortese requests analysis of consolidated fire service

Submitted By Steven Blomquist

Report would analyze the feasibility of consolidating all Santa Clara County Fire Services under one entity

At their June 21 meeting, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a request by Supervisor Dave Cortese for a cost benefit analysis of consolidating all fire services within Santa Clara County under one entity, such as the Santa Clara County Fire Department. The report will look at consolidation of administrative and support services, resource and infrastructure management, and employee benefits system.

"We are constantly looking for ways to be more efficient in providing services 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 has 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.

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