Transition Study for Alachua County Fire Station 19 (B)
This item requests that the Gainesville City Commission and Alachua County Board of County Commissioners jointly hear a presentation regarding the transition of fire and rescue services in the area currently served by Alachua County Fire Station 19.
*ESTIMATED STAFF PRESENTATION TIME 20 MINUTES*
Fire and rescue services to the City of Gainesville (City ) and a portion of Alachua County (County) surrounding the City are provided by Gainesville Fire Rescue (GFR) and Alachua Fire Rescue (ACFR) under automatic aid guidelines established in the Fire Services Assistance Agreement (FSAA) entered into by the City and the County on October 10, 2006.
On June 1, 2009, the City annexed property from the County around SW 20th Avenue, which included ACFR Station 19. Since then, ACFR has continued to provide fire and rescue services with one fire engine at Station 19. Engine 19 provides fire and rescue services in the city limits of Gainesville; the area of Alachua County adjacent to Gainesville within the FSAA boundary; and inside the county boundary outside of the FSAA. The cost for services to the City is determined by the net amount of responses by each agency into each other’s jurisdiction within the FSAA boundary as described in the FSAA method of payment. ACFR also operates one rescue transport unit out of Station 19. There is not an associated cost to the City for responses by this unit.
As a result of the annexation, the amount of calls for service provided by the County to the City has increased and the amount of calls for service from the City to the County has decreased. This has generated an increased cost to the City with the majority of County fire rescue services being provided to the City by Engine 19. In FY08, the net reimbursement to the City was $289,759; in FY09 after the annexation, the net reimbursement to the City dropped to $17,557. The payment to the City for eac...Click here for full text