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By Kim Simas 

Julian's Fire Department: Is It Settled?


Last updated 6/18/2019 at 2:05pm

It’s been a tumultuous two months since the voters passed Measure A. Since that day there have been a number of depositions, lawsuits and investigations. The County of San Diego and Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) attempted to seek the court’s assistance with evicting the Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District (JCFPD).

On April 25, 2019, Superior Court Judge Randa Trapp decided against an eviction and instead permitted the volunteers to remain in station 57 for another 30 days while issues were sorted out.

As a compromise, the former volunteer fire district allowed the Fire Authority to perform an inspection of the station and its contents. The inspection was conducted cordially and all parties appeared to be satisfied with the results.

The community of Julian is hoping to see a resolution soon. Social media banter has decreased and tempers have cooled a bit. There is no doubt that Julian is passionate about their emergency response teams whether they are from the County or volunteers.

With a history of devastating wildfires, those who live on the beautiful mountain certainly respect firefighters. Unfortunately, there is no easy solution and some will be disappointed with the outcome. It will be interesting to see how it is all resolved in the end.

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