Board will look at Oakdale-area fire merger

10/13/2013 7:50 PM

10/13/2013 7:50 PM

Fire board members tonight will discuss the possible financial effects of a three-way agency merger in the Oakdale area.

The board of the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District will discuss a new report on its proposed merger with the city fire department in Oakdale and the Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District.

Details of the report were not available.

If the merger makes sense to city and district officials, they would seek approval from the Stanislaus Local Agency Formation Commission.

The merger could help streamline operations and finances for fire and emergency medical services in a wide area.

Stanislaus Consolidated, created by a merger of smaller agencies in 1995, serves 217 square miles in the central and east county. Oakdale Rural, established in 1945, covers 239 square miles, including Valley Home and Knights Ferry. The 100-year-old city department covers 5.5 square miles.

The stresses on the fire service were evident last week, when the Oakdale City Council voted to lay off two firefighters because of budget troubles.

Stanislaus Consolidated budgeted up to $26,000 for the study, conducted by Capital Public Finance Group.

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. today at Stanislaus Consolidated headquarters, 3318 Topeka St., Riverbank.

Bee staff writer John Holland can be reached at jholland@modbee.com or (209) 578-2385.

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