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TO: HONORABLE MAYOR & CITY COUNCIL
FROM: CITY MANAGER
DATE: JUNE 6, 2006
SUBJECT: REPORT ON FIRE SERVICES
GOAL: Improve Emergency Services and Preparedness
Concern about the level of fire and paramedic service for Rancho Palos Verdes has been of concern to the City Council for over a year. On May 18, 2005, then Mayor Clark wrote a letter to Chief Freeman expressing concern about the lack of paramedic services for our City. Chief Freeman responded to the letter with an indication that the fire Department would be evaluation our paramedic service levels. Copies of those letters are attached.
Lack of funding should not be an issue. The County Fire Department has a property tax rate nearly three times that of the City property tax rate, so our residents and businesses are probably paying more per capita, more per square mile and more per structure for fire and paramedic service than any other City in the Fire Protection District.