Fire Chief's Message

Fire Chief's Message

 

Thank you for visiting to the San Miguel Consolidated Fire Protection District’s website.  While the District has faced many challenges in the past few years, we have not been alone.  We recognize the financial impacts to both the citizens and businesses within the District, and have done everything in our ability to maintain the highest level of service possible, within our fiscal constraints.

 

Our mission has remained unchanged – to Serve, Educate and Respond to our citizen and community needs in the most cost effective and efficient manner possible.  The men and women that work either directly for the District or through our cooperative agreement with CAL FIRE, are dedicated to the communities we serve and are here for you should you need our services.

 

Operationally, all 8 fire stations in the District are open, fully staffed and have Paramedics assigned to all apparatus.  We hope to return a second apparatus (Engine 15) back into service within the next few years as the economy strengthens and we reduce the unfunded liabilities within the District and continue to recognize the benefits of our Cooperative Agreement with CAL FIRE.

 

Financially, the District is currently working with the State Controller’s Audit Division to review our FY 2010/2011 and FY 2011/2012 Annual Financial Transactions Reports and the Independent Auditor’s Report for FY 2011/2012.  Every year, the District’s finances are reviewed by an independent auditor.  Historically, the District’s independent audits have been given an “Unqualified” rating, including the audits for FY 2010/2011 and FY 2011/2012.  An Unqualified rating on an audit report is the best rating the District could receive from an external auditor.  It is our intent to rebuild the District’s fiscal strength through reductions in unfunded liabilities and increasing our reserve funds.

 

The Fire Prevention and Community Outreach Divisions remain active.  The District is updating our weed abatement ordinance to align with County of San Diego standards.  You can review our weed abatement standards in our Fire Prevention section of the website.  To file an overgrown brush or weed complaint, you can complete to the confidential report form. 

 

Recently, through grant funding, we have added over 700 smoke and CO detectors in our local mobile home parks.  We are working with local high schools to teach “Hands Only CPR” classes, and with the Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) to provide basic prevention and safety awareness training.

 

Should you have any questions or input, please contact me by email at gcroucher@smgfire.org, or by phone at 619-670-0500.

 

 

 

Gary D. Croucher

Fire Chief