Since CONFIRE is positively impacting East County and providing some nice assists, I wanted to share the June monthly report for CONFIRE. In July, it was reported by ECCFPD that CONFIRE had sent a total of 64-engines to East County last while for the first six months of the year, ECCFPD has received auto aid from CONFIRE 155 times with 201 units.
According to CONFIRES June report, here are the numbers:
- EMS: 2,316
- Structure Fires: 52
- Other: 1,200
- Total for month: 3,568
- Total for Year: 21,325
- Average Response Time: 06:36 m/s
CONFIRE has a total of 84-firefighters to cover 300-square miles. When you compare these numbers to East County, we have just 3 stations with 9-firefighters covering 250-square miles. Our response times jumped from 6:36 (June) to 7:10 (July).
Personally speaking, given the cuts in East County, our guys did a fabulous job in July because common sense says our response times should be higher but they are working hard to protect us.
I would urge citizens serviced by CONFIRE to pay attention to East County because after our Measure failed, response times have now been proven to go up when it was claimed a scare tactic by certain people and organizations. With 7-10 potential stations closing next year, you may soon have our same fate. The difference is CONFIRES call volume is a lot higher (3,568 to our 544) which means you are at greater risk.
For East County, should their measure fail, kiss goodbye to those additional engines we currently enjoy as needed.
To read CONFIRES full monthly report, please click here