ABSTRACT: The Carmel Professional Firefighters placed an advertisement in The Carmel Pine Cone, April 24, 2009, entitled ‘Carmel Firefighters need your help!’ The Carmel Firefighters state that the "merger with Monterey is the best for Carmel" and ask members of the pubic to attend the City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 5, 20009 at 4:30 P.M. and speak in support of the contract with Monterey and in support of our local firefighters. The advertisement is reproduced in its entirety.
Carmel Firefighters need your help!
The Carmel Professional Firefighters would like to take this opportunity to thank the citizens of Carmel-By-The-Sea for their continued support through the years. We would also like to thank the City Council of Carmel-By-The-Sea for all of its efforts to ensure that Carmel Fire Department is a great organization—well suited to the needs of the citizens of Carmel.
Almost all of our current line staff were born and raised locally and consider Carmel home. The uniqueness of Carmel makes this a special place. Our local knowledge is invaluable when locating a person in distress or finding a fire. We truly appreciate working for the City of Carmel-By-The-Sea because this is our community and this is our home.
Carmel Fire Department is in danger though, and we need your help. The City Council is considering options for the future of Carmel Fire Department. These options could have huge consequences for your fire department and, more importantly, for you.
• The current status of Carmel Fire Department. For the past several years, Carmel has contracted with the City of Pacific Grove, and more recently the City of Monterey, for administrative oversight and Chief Officer coverage. This system has repeatedly proven itself to work well, and more importantly, it has retained the local firefighters and their knowledge.
• The city has considered other alternatives. Since the year 2000, the city has experimented with other departments and commissioned studies to look at other options. A stand alone fire department is too costly for a city of our size to sustain. The conclusion of the Carmel Professional Firefighters is that the contract with the City of Monterey provides the best level of service, for now and into the future, while minimizing costs.
We need your help. Many people are frightened that they will lose their fire department. That is not true as we, the local firefighters, will still be here responding to any emergency we are called to. Others feel that we can do it on our own. It is just too costly for a city of our size to pay for an independent and appropriate sized department. If the fire department were to revert back to a smaller stand alone model in order to save costs, both the safety of its citizens and firefighters would be at risk. Some are of the opinion that other organizations could do a better job for less money. These options have been independently studied and the Carmel Professional Firefighters feel that the merger with Monterey is the best for Carmel. No other system can guarantee that local firefighters and current levels of service remain intact.
There will be a meeting at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 5, 2009 in the Council Chambers. Please attend this meeting and speak in support of the contract with Monterey and in support of your local firefighters. Thank you for your help and support.
The Carmel Professional Firefighters
If you have any questions, please call August Beacham at (831) 238-0862. He is available at any time and would enjoy discussing this critical topic with you.
(Source: The Carmel Pine Cone, April 24, 2009, 9A)