Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

On May 9, 2013, the San Diego Taxpayers Association (SDTA) presented the Metro Golden Watchdog Award to the City of Escondido for reforming Paramedic Services.

According to SDTA, “In 2008 the City of Escondido opened its newest fire station but could not afford to fully staff it due to the economic downturn. Nearly five years later, the city is now moving forward with hiring the staff necessary to fully operate its newest fire station, but not in the traditional sense. Fire department officials spent time reviewing 20 years worth of emergency calls to determine the true needs of the city. Officials determined that rather than cross-training paramedics as firefighters, new staff would primarily focus on medical emergencies. This new model of providing emergency services to Escondido residents will save over $2 million compared to the city electing to operate under the norm.  It’s out-of-the-box thinking like this that we hope catches on with other cities across the county.”