May 16, 2014
The string of wildfires around the county this week has underscored just how crucial it is for fire departments and local agencies to work together.
That was one of the objectives San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts set out to achieve with his push for a fire parcel tax in 2008. That would’ve helped pay for more fire protection, including the creation of a regional fire protection agency.
The tax failed. But the Board of Supervisors had just a few months earlier created a San Diego County Fire Authority to consolidate the work of more than 50 volunteer, independent and state fire protection efforts.
As a result, Roberts said, there’s been a vast improvement in communication and collaboration compared to the fires in 2003 and 2007.
Roberts joined us on the podcast this week to talk in depth about the fire response efforts, as well as his multiple bids for mayor and the brand spankin’ new waterfront park downtown (another project he championed).