EXECUTIVE ORDER D-75-03


WHEREAS, the State of California provides fire protection for the Joint Forces Training Base located at Los Alamitos, California utilizing State Active Duty Military Reserve Excess Personnel; and

WHEREAS, the seventeen (17) man fire department assigned to the Joint Forces Training Base, is unable to provide paramedic services, 911 phone services, a dedicated communications system, adequate manpower for safe operation at structure fires, vehicle fires, aircraft fires and hazardous materials responses and are unable to provide the highest level of emergency services for the employees and citizens of the State of California, due to antiquated infrastructure and limited resources; and

WHEREAS, the above mentioned employees do not enjoy civil service status, bargaining rights, FLSA protection, job security, and other benefits currently enjoyed by firefighters in the Southern California economic area; and

WHEREAS, all citizens of California deserve and expect the highest level of emergency services; and

WHEREAS, State employees and reservists serving their country at the Joint Forces Training Base are similarly entitled to front line emergency service protection; and

WHEREAS, the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA), provides fire and emergency services to the adjacent communities and provides fire and emergency services of the highest level, including paramedic services, a state-of the-art communications and 911 phone system, Urban Search and Rescue Teams, Weapons of Mass Destruction Response Teams, structure firefighting, aircraft firefighting, fire prevention, Hazardous Materials Responses Teams, etc.; and

WHEREAS, a transfer of fire protection services to the Orange County Fire Authority will provide a safer working environment, improved employee benefits, proper levels of emergency response for all types of emergencies, depth of resources, a state of the art communications system and 911 phone system; and

WHEREAS, a transition of emergency services to the Orange County Fire Authority will have the added benefit of reducing the number of State employees as well as reduce the costs associated with said employees;

NOW THEREFORE, I, GRAY DAVIS, Governor of the State of California, by virtue of the power vested in me by the Constitution and Statutes of the State of California, do hereby issue this order:

IT IS ORDERED that all fire protection and emergency services at Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base be transferred, managed and therefore provided by the Orange County Fire Authority effective July 1, 2004.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that services to be performed by the OCFA will be negotiated in good faith by the department of finance and on behalf of the State and in the interest of both parties being in good faith of one another.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the negotiations and implementation process shall occur in an expeditious manner with both parties working together to bring about a smooth and rapid completion of negotiations and transition of services.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Joint Forces Training Base and the Orange County Fire Authority fire protection merger be handled as follows:

  • The Orange County Fire Authority shall provide staffing for aircraft rescue firefighting (in accordance with applicable federal requirements), structural fire protection with the primary responsibility being aircraft rescue firefighters responses and duties. Fire protection and emergency services shall be provided for continuous 24 - hour coverage, 365 days per year.
  • The Orange County Fire Authority shall provide employment for all seventeen (17) full time Joint Forces Training Base fire personnel, and will credit said personnel with all current State employment time and grade to the extent permitted by Orange County Fire Authority personnel rules and regulations, employee MOU's and other pertinent rules and regulations.
  • The Orange County Fire Authority shall provide sufficient staffing agreed upon by both the Joint Forces Training Base and the Orange County Fire Authority to provide safe and efficient fire protection and emergency services.
  • The Orange County Fire Authority shall be responsible for all associated training and equipment costs that may arise in the future relating to fire protection and emergency services as agreed upon.
  • The facility and surrounding areas that are considered as the "fire station" shall be maintained by the Joint Forces Training Base. The Orange County Fire Authority shall lease the fire station from the Joint Forces Training Base and shall pay a mutually agreed upon fee for utilities such as water, natural gas, electricity and telephone as agreed upon.
  • Negotiations and transition of fire services shall be completed not later than January 1, 2004.

I FURTHER DIRECT that as soon as hereafter possible, this order be filed in the Office of the Secretary of State and that widespread publicity and notice be given to this order.