santa paula fire department

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For the first time in more than a century, one Ventura County community has a new fire department.

The Santa Paula Fire Department has been serving the city since 1903. But on Sunday morning, it officially became part of the Ventura County Fire Department.

Ventura County and Santa Paula have come up with a draft proposal for the county to take over fire protection services for the city.

The city has been looking at ways to assure the long term viability of fire protection for the city, with city officials concerned about personnel costs and needed infrastructure improvements. By folding its department into the county’s, there would be benefits through the scale of being part of a larger agency.

It’s been a long two days for dozens of South Coast residents, who are now back in their homes after being evacuated due to a major leak on a gas pipeline.   What started as a routine inspection of an oil pipeline in Ventura County turned into something anything but routine.

A Ventura County community is pursuing a plan to dissolve its fire department, and sign a contract with the county to provide fire protection services.

The Santa Paula City Council looked at a proposal Tuesday night to shut down its more than 100 year old department. Officials with the Department, as well as Ventura County Fire Department say the city could benefit from enhanced services with potential savings because of the economies of being part of a larger agency.