EDH Fire Facts
El Dorado Hills, California Fire Department Facts
EDH Fire Facts was created by El Dorado Hills citizens who are concerned that our current EDH Fire Board's poor fiscal management is not sustainable, and will ultimately result in decreased services and/or additional fees or taxes.
Guiding Principles: Fiscal Responsibility and Sustainability
Restore Fiscal Responsibility to the Fire Dept. Budget
The current Fire Board has approved a combined $5.87 million in deficit spending the last three years. (Reference)
Our EDH $16.1 million fire budget is 50% higher than like communities and more than double the fire budget of South Placer (Granite Bay). (Reference)
Average EDH Firefighter total compensation - $202,087 (Reference)
Reform Pension and Health Care Benefits
Our unfunded pension and retiree health care liabilities are greater than $13 million.
The pension formula for all current EDHFD employees is 3% for each year of service, so an employee who works 20 years gets
60% of the highest salary they earned in a single year.
Taxpayers pay 100% of health care insurance premium.
The EDH Firefighters contribute only 3% of their salaries towards their pension.
(reference for above -MOU)
Emphasize community first medical responder needs
Medical calls account for 90% of all emergency calls. Current EDHFD response times fall below the National Fire Protection Association 6 minutes standard. The goal should be achieved on 90% of calls by professionally staffed fire departments regardless of whether the community is urban or suburban. (See NPFA reference, page 25)
Viewpoints: Pension reform plan is too little, too late:
Special to the Bee Published Tuesday, Sep. 25, 2012
"The pension-spiking no one anticipated when lawmakers enacted the one-year rule in 1990 was how San Ramon Fire Chief Craig Bowen could combine accrued vacation time with a final salary of $221,000 into a $284,000 annual pension when he retired in 2009 at age 51; same for Moraga-Orinda Fire Chief Peter Nowicki, then 50, whose $185,000 salary became a $241,000 pension." Read More