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Calif. city considers contracting fire service

If the decision pans out, it may throw a wrench into negotiations with the fire union who has offered to take a pay cut to avoid layoffs

The Press Enterprise

HEMET, Calif. — Hemet City Council members confirmed Thursday, Sept. 27, that they want to explore the possibility of contracting fire service with Riverside County.

The decision could throw a wrench into negotiations with the union representing the city's 45 firefighters, who had offered to give up a 5 percent pay raise scheduled to take effect in November to save the jobs of nine firefighters facing layoffs.

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Monday, November 12, 2012 2:27:57 PM Yes, it's about Hemet's budget deficit creating angst all the way around, stirring the pot of uncertainty within the public safety realm. So, one observation is: if the city desires to contract out with CalFire because of seeming efficiency, isn't California in just as much budgetary trouble as the Riverside county? How about various cities JUST in Riverside County? Not to mention the bankruptcies trickling on down to the muncipal level -- all over this great state! Before jumping the Hemet Fire Department ship, give the new fire chief (Moore) some leeway, as well, the Hemet firefighters to come up with some fiscal solutions -- WHICH TAKE TIME TO PRESENT AND IMPLEMENT (bureaucratically speaking) -- as opposed to blindsiding them with a tidal wave of notorious bandaids. Contracting ISN'T the cure.

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