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City Decides to Stay With County Fire Service

November 12, 1998

POMONA — After several months of discussion, the City Council has decided to continue using the Los Angeles County fire service, saying complaints have been few and the cost of reinstating a city department is too high.

Council members reached that conclusion this week after city staff estimated the cost of buying equipment for a new Pomona fire department would be about $10.3 million.

Pomona has contracted with the county since 1994. The change from city to county service caused a division among City Council members and the community and led to a lawsuit. The city paid $387,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit by former Fire Chief G. John Parker, who lost his position in the switch to the county service.

According to city officials, Pomona has saved about $2 million annually since the switch, and a change back would cost about that much more each year.

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