The Los Angeles Fire Department will continue to provide fire service to the city of San Fernando for the next five years under a new contract approved Tuesday by the Los Angeles City Council.
Terms of the new contract had stirred debate for months in San Fernando after Los Angeles city officials issued an ultimatum to the small city to stop selling Fourth of July fireworks or forfeit fire service after Friday, when the present contract expires.
The San Fernando City Council banned the sale of fireworks last winter after months of studying what council members concluded were inadequate alternatives, such as starting a San Fernando fire department or contracting with Los Angeles County. Fireworks had been sold in the city for 40 years.
Under the agreement, San Fernando will pay $1.5 million this year--an increase of about $52,000--for fire and paramedic service. Future fees will be calculated annually by Los Angeles.
The San Fernando City Council approved the contract agreement June 19. One term of the new agreement sets up a liaison between the city and the Los Angeles Fire Department so that San Fernando is aware of fire prevention and other public programs.