Orinda Group Runs the Numbers On MOFD

A group of residents take a critical look at operations and finances at the Moraga-Orinda Fire District.


A local group which readily admits its lack of expertise in emergency services matters but which claims "expertise in the fields of finance, accounting, engineering and business," has issued a report critical of Orinda's emergency services provider -- the Moraga-Orinda Fire Disrict.

The group, calling themselves the Orinda Emergency Services Task Force, formed last year after city council member Amy Worth asked the council to form a task force reviewing MOFD's management and fiscal policies. Members said they formed and undertook an independent, unsanctioned review of the district's management practices after the council did not follow up on Worth's request.

The group hopes the city will review their report, in which they claim that response times are not met 40 percent of the time and that taxpayers are paying $1 million more than they need to for district services, and hope to present their findings to the Orinda City Council at its Sept. 18 meeting.

The report and additional exhibits referenced in the report are available on the Task Force web site

Members of the group include residents: Bailey Lee, Bob Mills, Diana Stephens, Dick James, Joan Daoro, John Shelling, Sandy Gross, Steve Cohn, and Vince Maiorana.

MOFD Chief Randall Bradley was sent a copy of the report, but has not yet been able to review it, district officials said.

Bailey Lee September 12, 2012 at 11:46 PM
How much was that wager? Real money or just talk?
Bailey Lee September 12, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Absolutely, but the real question is whether the Orinda City Council or the MOFD Board will even take note of this effort, much less read the report and think about what they read.
Janet Maiorana September 13, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Ah, that's the rub.
Steve Cohn September 14, 2012 at 01:03 PM
At the September 18th council meeting (7:00 Orinda Library Auditorium) the Task Force is going to ask the Council to form a committee, or task force, or possibly re-establish the defunct Public Safety Commission to officially review the report and issue suggestions of what the city needs to do or not do. If you think this is important, be there and speak up.
Chris Nicholson October 14, 2012 at 02:51 PM
@ Steve and other task force members: Have you guys given much thought to the concept of a combine Police/Fire "Department of Public Safety?" It seems to me that in smaller towns with a mix of dense and sparsely populated areas, the core challenges for both Fire and Police are minimum efficient scale (related to admin overhead and staffing), response time and utilization of people, facilities and equipment. All of these issues could be dramatically improved with a combined force which included a number of cross-trained personnel. The "only thing" blocking this logical consolidation (as far as I can tell) are two VERY VERY powerful unions (and perhaps some regulations they managed to to put in place). Imagine the response times if (for no extra money) we had 2X the cops patrolling at all times, and they were all EMT trained, with first response kits and collapsible gurneys in the trunks of their patrol car. By the time the patient is stabilized and prepped for transport, the ambulance will have arrived.... Imagine if firefighters used some idle capacity to investigate unsolved crimes, etc., etc.....


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