At its regular meeting on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors presented a scroll to Fire Station 90; approved several contracts for Fire fleet maintenance and repair services; approved a cooperative agreement between the Fire Department and U.S. Forest Service; approved a proposed ordinance amending the 2017 Los Angeles County Fire Code; and issued a proclamation.
Fire Station 90 received a scroll from Supervisor Hilda Solis, commending them for a rescue on December 16, 2016. Rescue personnel saved two people, including their dogs, who were stranded on a small island in the middle of the San Gabriel River as heavy rain fell in the area.
A three-year contract with Webb’s Auto and Truck Services was approved for the maintenance and repair services of the Fire Department’s non-emergency vehicles. The contract, effective January 1, 2017, can be extended for up to six years through two one-year extensions, and twelve month-to-month extensions. The maximum contract sum for three years is $5.4 million.
Effective January 1, 2017, five other three-year contracts between the Fire Department and selected vendors were also approved for fleet maintenance and repair services. These five contracts will maximize at $7.2 million. The $1.2 million annual budget for services will be divided among the following: Mobile Air Conditioning Service; Off Highway Equipment Services and Aerial Device Repair; Light and Medium Vehicle Repair; Heavy Truck Repair; and Engine External Component Repair.
Additionally, 19 contracts for fleet maintenance and repair services were approved for a total of $9 million, under the similar conditions of a three-year term and contract extensions of up to three more years. A $1.5 million annual budget will be divided among the 19 contracts for the following service categories, including Tire Service; Towing and Roadside Services; Vehicle Engine; Internal Component Overhaul and Repair Service; Glass and Upholstery Services; Allison Transmission Overhaul and Repair Services; Brake, Clutch and Drivetrain Component Overhaul and Repair Services; Frame, Body and Window Replacement; Upholstery; and Paint Repair Services. The selected vendors are not guaranteed a fixed workload, since services are required on an as-needed and intermittent basis.
A new Fire Protection Agreement was approved between the Fire Department and the U.S. Forest Service Angeles National Forest. The agreement provides mutual cooperation in the prevention, detection and suppression of wildland fires, including provisions for mutual aid and assistance-by-hire for wildland fires and other emergency incidents, and non-emergency events. The new agreement replaces the old agreement that expired on December 31, 2016. The agreement describes the conditions in which mutual aid periods are established to provide resources to each other on a non-reimbursable basis. There is no net County cost as this agreement will continue the mutual cooperation with the Fire Department and the Angeles National Forest.
In other news, the Board approved an ordinance amending the County Fire Code, Title 32, and adopted Title 32 as the Fire Code for the Fire Department. The ordinance includes specific building codes that are stricter than those adopted by the State Fire Marshal contained in the California Building Standards Code. The changes and modifications to the building standards contained in the 2016 California Fire Code are due to the local climatic, geological and topographical conditions in the County and in unincorporated areas. The ordinance repeals certain sections of Title 32 and the incorporation of the 2013 California Fire Code and the 2012 International Fire Code. Additionally, new fees have been added for plan review, permits and inspections, many of which hadn’t been adjusted since 2007. The new fees are 12 percent less than the existing fees charged by similar departments for similar services. The new fees are expected to generate $9.64 million annually in revenue for prevention and will provide improved customer service to meet greater demand.
Finally, the Board proclaimed January 20 through January 22, 2017 as “Care Harbor Week” throughout the County. Care Harbor – LA provides free healthcare services that include medical, dental and vision services to the uninsured public. This year’s Care Harbor – LA free clinic event will take place on January 20-22 at The Reef on 1933 S. Broadway in Los Angeles. Wristbands will be distributed on January 14, beginning at 10 a.m. at Ted Watkins Park (1335 East 103rd St., Los Angeles); and on January 15, beginning at 10 a.m. at Los Angeles Trade Technical College (2115 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles). The Board encourages employees to participate in the event on County time with the authorization of their immediate supervisors. Enrollment opportunities will be offered to eligible patients who qualify for health coverage programs. Those who do not qualify through Covered California will be given an opportunity to link with free or low-cost community clinics for their primary healthcare needs.