County renews fire protection and emergency medical services agreement with city of Canyon Lake

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The city of Canyon Lake renewed contracts with the Riverside County Fire Department for fire protection, fire prevention, rescue and emergency medical services. The Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved the cooperative agreement for fiscal year 2020-2021 during its June 23 meeting.

The supervisors’ 5-0 vote retains the level of staffing of the 2019-2020 agreement, although due to increased county fire department costs the city’s estimated payment amount will increase by 2.53%. The true quarterly payments will be based on actual costs, although the estimate for July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021, is $2,224,207. The agreement also includes a clause that the city can request additional employees or services from the county by providing written notice 120 days in advance.

The staffing will provide eight firefighters, including one captain and three firefighter paramedics. The battalion chief staffing will be pro-rated, and the city will be charged for 27% of the full cost of a battalion chief. The agreement is based on an estimated 818 calls for service during the one-year period. The city’s costs also include the dedicated use of one fire engine.

Canyon Lake first contracted with the county for fire protection, fire prevention, rescue and emergency medical services in 1990. The city utilized alternate resources from July 2015 to September 2015 before resuming the agreement with the county.

The Canyon Lake City Council approved the 2020-2021 cooperative agreement June 3.

Joe Naiman can be reached by email at jnaiman@reedermedia.com.