The Idyllwild Fire Protection District (IFPD) board conducted its last meeting by teleconference on April 28. 

The district has completed initial abatement inspections on all parcels within its jurisdiction. The agency will work with getting those property owners who are out of compliance into compliance.

Out of the 3,571 parcels in the district, 670 failed the initial inspection. Last year, 517 parcels failed the initial inspection.   

How COVID-19 has impacted the district

In March, the same month the governor introduced the Stay-at-Home order, the district ran 51 medical aid calls, 8 fire calls and 14 “other” calls. Other simply means anything from false alarms to special incidents and hazardous conditions, etc. 

To give a comparison, in January of this year, the district ran 69 medical aid calls, 8 fire calls and 22 other types of calls.  

According to LaMont, the district has been at 100% staffing to date. No one on staff has contracted the coronavirus. 

LaMont attributes that to taking measures that included altering response protocols, closing the administrative office on March 19, ordering more personal protective equipment and supplies, implementing new shift changes, infectious disease control and decontamination policies, as well as segregated sleeping area and new mattresses for personnel. 

In addition, LaMont sends out daily and weekly incident action plan updates.  

The district received three full sets of self-contained breathing apparatuses through a grant from Firehouse Subs. 

Request for advance from Riverside County 

The district has asked for, as it has in years past, a $400,000 advance from the County of Riverside due to “limited funds and revenues available for the payment of expenditures during July 1 to Dec. 31, 2020.

“ … [A]nd, whereas, the district is permitted to request from the county an advancement on the funds collected during the fiscal year on behalf of the district.”