santa paula fire department

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.