Valley Center Fire Protection District

Why We Need Measure SS

VOTE YES on Measure SS to ensure that help is there for you when a life-threatening medical emergency, fire or natural disaster strikes – EVERY SECOND COUNTS.   

Our community is facing two very real threats:  

First, 2018 is the worst year on record for California wildfires leaving destruction across the state.  We cannot risk another wildfire like the Paradise and Cedar Fires that struck San Diego County.  

Second, more than 75% of local 911 emergencies are medical emergencies like heart attacks, strokes and car accidents. Brain deterioration starts five minutes after a person stops breathing.  

The problem is this:  the average 911 response time in Valley Center is 11 minutes. Medical emergencies/fire incidents have increased by 34% over the last two years. Valley Center Fire Protection District DOES NOT have enough firefighters, rescue equipment or fire stations to maintain safe response times.   

Measure SS provides a prudent plan to address Valley Center Fire Protection District’s most critical needs. NO other funding currently exists to meet these needs.   

Measure SS will:

Maintain fire protection and emergency medical services 

  • Reduce fire/911 emergency response times 
  • Recruit/retain qualified professional firefighters/paramedics and provide a living wage 
  • Replace/upgrade aging firefighting/lifesaving rescue equipment  
  • Add a new fire station  
  • Help lower fire insurance rates  
  • Replace the Cal Fire fee with a stable, locally-controlled funding source  

DISTRICT Taxpayer Protections are MANDATORY.   By law, ALL FUNDS STAY LOCAL. The State CANNOT take this funding away. Independent Citizens’  Oversight/mandatory audits ensure funds are spent properly.  

Senior citizens are eligible for an exemption. Measure SS provides an exemption for low-income property owners age 65 or older. We do not want this measure to be a burden to those living on a fixed income.  

Join firefighters, other emergency responders, community leaders, and residents across our community in protecting Valley Center.  

Vote YES on Measure SS. 

NO Argument Against Measure SS was filed.

Paid for by Citizens for Better Fire Protection – Yes on SS