September 5, 1993
Fire Chief Richard E. Greene said residents and business owners should be wary of anyone seeking donations on behalf of West Covina firefighters. Some residents have complained to the West Covina Fire Department that they have received telephone calls from people claiming to be firefighters seeking donations, Fire Department officials say.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1997
The City Council has set a Dec. 9 election for voters to decide whether the Los Angeles County Fire District should replace the city Fire Department and absorb local firefighters into its ranks. The council set the special election Tuesday night after the county registrar-recorder certified that a group, including West Covina firefighters, had collected the signatures of more than 15% of the city's voters on a petition calling for a ballot measure on the issue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1997
The city's Fire Department is trying to become the latest San Gabriel Valley fire agency to be taken over by the Los Angeles County Fire Department. With neighboring Covina merging its Fire Department with the county last week, West Covina is encircled by cities that have disbanded their local fire departments and converted to the county.
December 1, 1988
The San Gabriel Valley Fire Authority, a joint Fire Department serving West Covina and Covina, will be dissolved in February, after action taken by the West Covina City Council Monday. Departments from the two cities were merged in 1986 with the hope of providing expanded and more cost-effective fire protection. It was also hoped that the combined department would give both cities more access to equipment in case of emergency.
October 11, 1990
Over staunch objections by Mayor William Tarozzi, the City Council on Monday rejected a second paramedic unit for the West Covina Fire Department. Tarozzi failed to persuade council members to use Redevelopment Agency money for the new nine-member unit. The council voted 3 to 1 to postpone discussion until the city completes a financial study. Councilwoman Nancy Manners was absent. Estimates of the unit's cost were $255,540 to start up and $480,000 a year to maintain.