“They’re all crazy.”
That’s the response I get more often then not when I bring up the topic of our fire departments. We have two–Point Montara and the Half Moon Bay Fire District. There’s a lot going on at these fire stations (not fires, but politics) but it is almost impossible to figure out. You may have questions: What’s that about a merger? Do firefighters really make $140,000 on average–and up to $200,000? Is the new contract a major disaster for the coast? Who is Calfire? Did firefighters really urinate on the Fire Captain’s bed, break his headlights, pour solvents on his car, and make death threats in a public meeting? Did the higher-ups really falsify documents? Are these just rumors? What the heck is going on?
I haven’t a clue, though it seems to have the makings of a television miniseries.
If you are like me, almost totally confused, then you’ll need to watch these three videos. I invited all of the candidates for both Fire Boards (soon to be merged into one board anyway) to make a five-minute video to introduce themselves to the voters and to describe their views. Three of the candidates eventually agreed to participate.
It might seem complex at first but, after making these videos, the basic framework is starting to fall into place. I think.
Videos by Darin Boville