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Two Orange County cities may share one fire chief to save money

August 7, 2011 | 11:03 am

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef011570ad48d0970b-800wi

Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach may soon share a fire chief.

Huntington Beach City Manager Fred Wilson said he had had preliminary discussions with his counterpart in Fountain Valley about giving Huntington's fire chief, Patrick McIntosh, the task of managing both departments.

Fountain Valley Fire Chief Bill Walker left recently to serve in Alhambra. Former Laguna Beach Fire Chief Mike Macey replaced Walker in the interim.

If the deal works, it would be a win-win situation for both cities, Wilson said. Huntington Beach would gain revenue from providing the service, and Fountain Valley would save money by cutting costs.

"If we can do this we can help our budget," Wilson told the Huntington Beach Independent. "That's primarily why we're doing this."

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-- Mona Shadia, Times Community News

Photo: A Huntington Beach firefighter at the scene of accident. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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