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NUSIPR Examines Regional Investment in Fire Protection

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

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September 8, 2009 - The San Diego region’s per-capita spending on fire and emergency medical services significantly lags behind the level of investment being made in either Los Angeles or Orange counties according to a study by the National University System Institute for Policy Research. Examining budget data from 80 different jurisdictions, NUSIPR researchers found that fire departments throughout the San Diego will in FY 2008-09 collectively invest $153.75 per-capita, agencies in Orange County will collectively spend $190.44 and those in Los Angeles will invest $219.77. The report goes on to find that since 2005 the gap in per-capita investment levels has widened, that staffing at the five largest Fire Departments in San Diego County (San Diego, Chula Vista, Oceanside, Carlsbad and Escondido) has declined, and that almost 40% of recommendations in after action reports had been either been ignored or were still incomplete.