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County Funds Sought for Fire Programs

Ventura County fire officials are asking county supervisors to allocate more than $500,000 to relocate the Fire Department communications center and establish a search-and-rescue program for major disasters.

The Fire Department is asking the Board of Supervisors to release $415,000 in Proposition 172 sales tax money to move its dispatch operations at the Camarillo Airport into a larger facility on the site.

The department also wants $150,000 in sales tax money to develop a search-and-rescue program specifically designed to deal with large disasters, such as earthquakes and floods.

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The money would be used to purchase equipment and train firefighters to move heavy debris and remove trapped people from collapsed buildings.

Although the county Sheriff’s Department already has a special search-and-rescue team, officials said it is important that firefighters have the same training and capability.


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