Union thought process – pick us or there may be lay offs. But no P.G. firefighters were laid off when their jobs were given to Monterey.
Neal Hurd, president of the Monterey Firefighters Association, said all of the Pacific Grove firefighters joined the Monterey Fire Department at the time of the merger.
Hurd said if Pacific Grove chooses to go with another agency to provide fire service, it could mean up to 12 positions would be eliminated leading to layoffs.
Help Wanted: Firefighters
Whenever an empty cannery was on fire, that horn seemed to be endless to me.
The horn was part of the fine volunteer tradition in Pacific Grove. We all had posted in our homes the code telling the approximate location of the fire. “One, One, Three” Forest and Lighthouse, and there was a chalkboard in front of the station with the address of the blaze
The Fire Station Horn by Phil Bowhay
And what else I wonder? Untaxed granny units? Six Air BnB rooms in the basement? Pigs and chickens?
“We do, on occasion, find issues where people are living in spaces that don’t meet code requirements for permanent human occupancy,” he said. “We do find that once in a while here locally. Not to the degree that the Ghost Ship (building) had, but one life lost is one too many.”
City Sends Fire Department To “Inspect For Hazards”
But does not seem to get close to the flame..
The association will have up to 35 members older than the age of 18, maintain its own insurance and receive no paid compensation for training and services the members provide.
Those services, Frutchey said, may include preserving records, equipment and artifacts of the Pacific Grove Fire department, maintaining and operating antique fire engines in parades and other community events, providing disaster response services, participating in fund raising, and working with other service organizations on activities that benefit the community.
P.G. Volunteer Fire Department Ignites