The Monterey Fleet Management Division currently provides fire equipment maintenance services to the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea, and the City of Pacific Grove is interested in contracting for similar services. These agreements are aimed at sharing fire equipment maintenance services and limited resources in an attempt to reduce costs, increase efficiencies and provide additional collaboration between local fire departments. The State of California has increased its emphasis on only “Certified” fire mechanics providing fire equipment maintenance services. The City of Monterey’s Fleet Management Division employs some of the only fire certified mechanics on the Peninsula. Golden State Truck Repair of Salinas, City of Seaside, and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) employ the only other known certified fire mechanics. Golden State Truck is the nearest local provider of commercial service, which creates a high demand and often leads to extended equipment “out-of-service” times. The only other options remaining for fire equipment maintenance is to transport the fire equipment to Oakdale or Sacramento, which would increase transit costs and equipment out-of-service times.
Because Monterey’s Fleet Management Division has existing employee labor capacity and technical skill to provide this specialized of service, the City of Pacific Grove would like to control repair costs and reduce its “out-of-service” times by contracting with the City of Monterey. This agreement would replace a lapsed fire equipment maintenance contract for service provided by the City of Monterey to the City of Pacific Grove with prior year reimbursement averaging $14,000 per year.
Staff recommends that Council approves the resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a Fire Equipment Maintenance Services Agreement with the City of Monterey.
California Government Code section 54981 provides that the City of Pacific Grove may contract with the City of Monterey for performance of municipal services by the City of Monterey within the territory of the City of Pacific Grove. The City of Monterey and the City of Pacific Grove intend to enter into an agreement aimed at sharing fire equipment maintenance services and resources in an attempt to increase efficiencies and provide additional collaboration between the two Cities’ Fire Departments.