The opportunity for interested fire agencies to submit a Request for Proposal to the ended Friday. One agency, CAL FIRE, submitted a proposal prior to the 4 p.m. deadline.
Beginning March 26, a committee appointed by the San Miguel Fire Protection District will review the proposal to determine if it meets a series of pre-established metrics, or minimum standards, according to District public information officer Leonard Villareal.
The review committee will present its determination to the full Board during the meeting scheduled for March 28, 2012. At that point, the Board will begin the discussion process and determine what is in the best interest of the communities and the District.
It is likely parts of the proposal may generate questions. Questions (if any) will be researched by staff and reported back to the Board on the meeting scheduled for April 11, 2012.
The agency submitted a Request for Proposal in late January, as a way to determine if there were any aspects of service that could be contracted out in order to save money. The District is currently facing a $1.3 million defecit for the next fiscal year, its third consecutive million-dollar defecit.
in February, saying that the District is not shutting down, but rather they are "trying to do is figure out if there’s a better way to do business."