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Fire service debate’s alphabet soup

By Jonathan Morales
Thursday, February 11th, 2010 at 4:36 pm in Uncategorized.

Yet another pleasant-sounding acronym has been added to the debate over fire service in Orinda, with the formation of a group that hopes to counter claims that the city should break free of the Moraga-Orinda Fire District and contract with the county.

OrindaCARES (Citizens Against Reducing Emergency Services) has been formed in response to FAIR (Fire and Infrastructure Renewal) in Orinda.

Are you fair or do you care? The choice is your’s, Orinda.

Here’s the OrindaCARES statement of purpose from their Web site:

OrindaCARES is a citizens’ group expressing concern that a proposal to dissolve the Moraga-Orinda Fire District (MOFD), and contract with Con Fire (fire) and AMR (ambulance) would:

  • Dismantle our  community based, High Quality Emergency Service
  • Relinquish long fought-for Local Control to our cash-strapped County
  • Dilute the Value of our local tax dollar toward emergency services

We recognize that Orinda’s infrastructure is badly in need of repair and that our community must address this problem. However, we highly value the fire, paramedic and ambulance services of MOFD and want to preserve them.

We in OrindaCARES appreciate the level of service that the MOFD provides.  We do not believe that “outsourcing” those services to Con Fire and AMR is a rational, cost-effective or safe alternative.

And in case you’re more FAIR than CARE, here’s the link to FAIR’s Web site. They sent out a response to the response, saying that they in fact share 90 percent of OrindaCARES’s goals, including the desire to not reduce fire service below where it’s currently at.

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