Hemet Fire Department receives advance in Measure U monies

A■ By Mary Ann Morris / Editor bout $750,000 in Measure U advance monies was granted to the Hemet Fire Department, so Fire Chief Scott Brown can begin his plan to enhance fire and EMS services and re-establish a formalized command structure to address management deficiencies. The immediate action plan includes filling the battalion chief rank, which required re-establishing that rank back into the system, enhance community service with measurable outcomes, and, as a joint effort between police and fire, implement an emergency dispatch center. Brown said the fire department will respond to more than 17,000 calls this year, and the department needs a better way to triage these calls, “because

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