HUMBOLDT BAY FIRE AUTHORITY MAKES THE BIG MOVE ON NEW YEAR'S DAY
With the New Year, will come new changes for humboldt bay fire authority.
"Starting on the first, former district employees, and city employees will all be mixed together at our five stations," Humboldt Bay Fire Chief Ken Woods said.
It was constructed in a way that would have certain resources at certain stations.
“For instance we’ll have the ambulance at the south stations for better road access,” Woods said.
It took 14 months to get the Joint Powers Agreement approved.
Back at the Nov. 20 Eureka City Council meeting, council members approved for Mayor Frank Jager to execute the JPA, creating the Humboldt Bay Fire Authority.”
About a month later the Board was decided.
"The JPA board will actually be two council people: Councilman [Mike] Newman and Ciarabellini and then on the district side [Jeff] Pauli and [JoAnn] Gath."
The first board meeting will be in January and will set the by-laws.
"Things like of appointing a chair person, a vice chair, a finance director, all those types of things, that set the framework for the governance of the JPA," said Chief Woods.
Council Member Newman said once that is determined… the next step is to discuss the findings from the consultants
"They helped us figure out the percentage the city, paid by — and then Humboldt Bay Fire district, which is the other part there," Newman said.
He says the findings provide insight to a cost-effective platform for the Humboldt Bay Fire Authority.