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Jackson Joins Protest Of AFPD Emergency Response Area Maps

Jackson Joins Official Protest Of AFPD Emergency Response Area Maps

The city of Jackson has joined Ione in an official protest of changing emergency response area maps by the Amador Fire Protection District. Meeting last night, the council unanimously approved a resolution that objected to new response areas and policies that were adopted for unincorporated areas of the county. Essentially the new maps expand the response areas for the AFPD at the expense of the city fire departments such as Jackson. Since the funding formula for measure M sales tax revenue is based on 50% population and 50% call volume, the changing response area will reduce the amount of funding for other departments to the benefit of AFPD, who’s jurisdiction covers all of unincorporated Amador County not included in the five other fire district. Pat Crew, who represents the Jackson area as a member of the board of supervisors, was critical of the response area change himself, particularly the lack of communication between AFPD and the county’s other fire districts. He urged that the city not pass the resolution to give all the parties time for negotiations, suggesting that funding levels for measure M be fixed to avoid fights about revenue, but the council, cheered on by a large number of Jackson Fire Department personnel in the audience pressed ahead with approving the resolution protesting the changes.

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