South Placer Fire District closing two fire stations indefinitely due to limited revenue

The South Placer Fire District announced on Thursday Sept. 22, 2022 that itâs closing two of its fire stations, including Station 19, starting Saturday Sep. 24, 2022, because of budget constraints. South Placer Fire District

The South Placer Fire District announced on Thursday the closure of two of its fire stations starting Saturday because of operational costs that increased faster than its sources of revenue.

The district will close Station 19 at 7070 Auburn Folsom Road, moving its personnel to other stations. Station 15 at 4650 East Roseville Parkway also will close; its personnel will move to Station 16 at 5300 Olive Ranch Road. Station 16 had previously been closed.

District officials said in a news release that they will be able to provide better firefighting services from their four operating stations. They also said a specialized truck used for search and rescue efforts, fire ventilation and salvage operations will be removed from service until additional funding becomes available.

The fire district serves the residents of Granite Bay, Loomis and the southern portions of Penryn and Newcastle in Placer County. Its services cover about 55 square miles with a growing population of about 42,000, according to the district.

The firefighting agency is not funded by the county or state government. The agency is funded from a portion of property taxes and a static special tax paid by each property owner. During a recent benefits assessment, district officials said they advised residents that its revenue was not enough to continue operating as it did before with its current allocated budget.

“Inflation, rising public safety concerns, wildfire risk, and increased state-mandated safety standards have caused the District’s operational costs to increase faster than revenues,” district officials said in the news release.

The firefighting agency responds to more than 3,500 service calls per year, including structure, wildland, vehicle, and all other types of fires, according to the district. It also provides emergency medical care, along with responding to vehicle crashes and calls for rescues and hazardous materials incidents.

The District is governed by an independent elected seven-member Board of Directors.

“The recent unsuccessful property benefit assessment measure would have increased the District’s funding, allowed additional fire protection and emergency response services within the District and helped offset its increasing operational costs,” district officials said in the news release. “The District will continue to reevaluate all aspects of performance and make additional changes as needed within its current budget constraints.”

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