Danville Express

Perspective - February 2, 2007

Letters to the editor

No need to duplicate emergency services

Dear Editor:

A recent newspaper article noted that both Danville and San Ramon had hired managers for disaster planning. The article pointed out that the agencies have a difficult time communicating with each other as one of the reasons to add people.

Knowing that a disaster will not stop at a city border, why would each government hire employees and maintain individual programs? We already have common ties and infrastructure in place to deal with disasters, common to both groups. The police share common dispatch, and the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District not only serves Danville and San Ramon, but also includes Alamo, Tassajara Valley and parts of Morgan Territory. A recent exercise with Alameda County demonstrated the technology that the SRV Fire Protection District has to enhance communication between counties.

Our Valley citizens will be better served by having a single point person and program managed by the SRV Fire Protection District. These are the first responders who are going to be managing and providing the services. They are already equipped, trained and prepared for the task. In addition, without duplication of duties, a more effective program can be provided to more citizens with a smaller budget contribution from each government organization. We do not need duplication when the organization to serve all is already in place.

Matt Stamey, Danville

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