Julian’s Volunteer Fire Department Headed for Dissolution

The San Diego County Fire Authority will assume responsibility for fire protection and medical emergency services in unincorporated Julian and Cuyamaca State Park following a vote by the Local Agency Formation Commission Monday.

After an emotional discussion, LAFCO decided to disband the volunteer fire department that has operated in the area for the past 37 years. The Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District’s fate mirrors that of many other volunteer fire districts in rural areas.

Proponents of the change believe the county can better provide for the area’s needs, with a crew now set to be stationed in Julian 24/7. But those in favor of retaining the volunteer units say the county fire authority is out of touch -- physically and emotionally -- and that their volunteer firefighters know their community better than anyone.

Read more about Monday’s vote here