Since joining City Council, I have spent copious amounts of time learning about fire and medical response in our city. It is a fascinating look at a core city service that often means life and death for people. I have visited fire stations to understand operations and I have worked with staff to get better signage, reduce street blockages that could endanger response times and explored areas in our city where we can improve services.
One of the key places that lacks proper response times is in North Leucadia/Saxony Canyon. Apparently while looking at the North Coast 101 Streetscape, the historic low response rates in Saxony Canyon built an image of an under-serviced area. In response, Fire Chief Stein, worked through a number of viable alternatives. Currently service times to this area are far above the normal response times in the city. His suggestion was to add a Type Fire Engine stationed on La Costa Ave. (exact area TBD) staffed by a Captain and Firefighter/Paramedic.
On Wednesday we unanimously approved a one-year pilot project to evaluate improving response times in North Leucadia for a peak-hour Fast Response Vehicle (FRV) program in the North Leucadia/Saxony Canyon area. I am excited about this improvement in services and look forward to concrete metrics about services and needs so that we can consider a permanent solution.