Fire Chief, City and County leaders debate pros and cons of fire
By Miriam Raftery
|2007 San Diego wildfires destroyed over 3,400 structures
and killed 15
people (photo: La Mesa Fire Dept.)
1, 2008 (SAN DIEGO) - “We have to stop turning to others
to solve our problems,” said Ron Roberts, Chair of San Diego’s
Board of Supervisors. He urged voters to support Proposition A, the fire
parcel tax initiative on the November ballot.
“The most recent state budget had money for 150 new fire trucks.
We expected 15. We were told we would get five,” Roberts added,
noting that during the 2007 firestorms, only three aircraft fought fires locally
during the crucial first 24 hours: all San Diego city and county helicopters.