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Fremont definitely keeping its fire department

City Manager Fred Diaz was asked yesterday if Fremont might consider following Newark and Union City’s lead in scrapping it’s fire department and contracting out fire services from Alameda County.

Diaz answered with an emphatic “No.” He said he’s seen situations in which counties offer cities favorable contracts for fire services, but then jack up the prices in future years so that cities end up with the same costs but without local control of the department.

Matt Artz