Welcome to the Rancho Adobe Fire Protection District.
Chief Leonard Thompson Announces: Shared Services agreement with Rancho Adobe Fire Protection District:
One of Petaluma
City Council’s goals in FY 2013-14 was to “evaluate partnerships with Rancho
Adobe and other neighboring fire departments for opportunities for shared
administration”. Sonoma County fire
agencies have, for many years, sought to achieve more collaboration in order to
provide efficient and cost-effective emergency response delivery, especially in
our southern portion of the County.
It is with
great pleasure that I announce that Petaluma Fire and Rancho Adobe Fire
Departments have agreed to a shared services agreement.
Last November, I had the pleasure to meet
with personnel from Rancho Adobe Fire Protection District and members of their
Board of Directors to discuss options for filling their Fire Chief vacancy due
to retirement. In the meeting, the
concept of a one-year shared services agreement was proposed to provide
administrative support to Rancho Adobe as their Fire Chief. My role would include, not only oversee
Petaluma Fire, but provide oversight of Rancho Adobe’s three fire stations,
personnel, equipment, apparatus and records. The one-year period would evaluate whether opportunities to improve
service to both communities was possible and would attempt to identify
efficiencies and cost-effective means to work in collaboration in all phases of
emergency services. At the end of the one-year
contract period, and with the assistance and input of both organizations, an
agreeable plan to further integrate both agencies in partnership and shared
services would be explored. The new
agreed plan would be put into place for an extended period.
goal in achieving collaboration, while keeping essential parts of the
organizations separate, will include exploring combined training opportunities
and the sharing of equipment apparatus, staffing, facilities and the like. Having a goal to standardize, elevate and
equalize the level of training will provide both departments more flexibility
and a foundation to move forward to initiate quality shared services. The need to drop boundaries and provide the
closest resource to emergencies without having to deal with jurisdictional
impediments would be a logical progression. Utilizing staff to reduce duplication of effort in both emergency
response and administrative responsibilities will better utilize staffing. Having a combined recruit academy will save
duplication of effort and will achieve cost savings for both departments, while
standardizing expectations in emergency operations.
This Shared Services Agreement is good for
both communities and is the direction that the Fire Service is moving. I’m proud to support this project and am
excited to see what positive changes it will bring both agencies. I hope you, as well, will see the benefit of