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TITLE 2. GOVERNMENT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA [8000 - 22980]

  ( Title 2 enacted by Stats. 1943, Ch. 134. )

DIVISION 1. GENERAL [8000 - 8899.72]

  ( Division 1 enacted by Stats. 1943, Ch. 134. )

CHAPTER 7. California Emergency Services Act [8550 - 8669.7]

  ( Chapter 7 added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1454. )

ARTICLE 5.5. State Assistance for Fire Equipment Act [8589.8 - 8589.21]
  ( Article 5.5 added by Stats. 1987, Ch. 1332, Sec. 1. )

8589.8.
  

This article shall be known and may be cited as the State Assistance for Fire Equipment Act.

(Added by Stats. 1987, Ch. 1332, Sec. 1.)

8589.9.
  

(a) The Legislature finds and declares that there is a growing need to find new ways to acquire firefighting apparatus and equipment for use by local agencies. Local agencies, particularly those that serve rural areas, have had, and are likely to continue to have, difficulty acquiring firefighting apparatus and equipment. The Legislature further finds and declares that this situation presents a statewide problem for the protection of the public safety.

(b) In enacting this article, the Legislature intends to create new ways for the Office of Emergency Services to help local agencies acquire firefighting apparatus and equipment. Through the identification of available apparatus and equipment, the acquisition of new and used apparatus and equipment, the refurbishing and resale of used apparatus and equipment, and assisting the financing of resales, the Office of Emergency Services will help local agencies meet public safety needs.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 352, Sec. 142. (AB 1317) Effective September 26, 2013. Operative July 1, 2013, by Sec. 543 of Ch. 352.)

8589.10.
  

As used in this article:

(a) “Acquire” means acquisition by purchase, grant, gift, or any other lawful means.

(b) “Office” means the Office of Emergency Services.

(c) “Firefighting apparatus and equipment” means any vehicle and its associated equipment that is designed and intended for use primarily for firefighting. “Firefighting apparatus and equipment” does not include vehicles that are designed and intended for use primarily for emergency medical services, rescue services, communications and command operations, or hazardous materials operations.

(d) “Indirect expenses” means those items that are identified as indirect costs in the federal Office of Management and Budget, Circular A-87 on January 1, 1985.

(e) “Local agency” means any city, county, special district, or any joint powers agency composed exclusively of those agencies, that provides fire suppression services. “Local agency” also includes a fire company organized pursuant to Part 4 (commencing with Section 14825) of Division 12 of the Health and Safety Code.

(f) “Rural area” means territory that is outside of any urbanized area designated by the United States Census Bureau from the 1980 federal census.

(g) “Director” means the Director of Emergency Services.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 352, Sec. 143. (AB 1317) Effective September 26, 2013. Operative July 1, 2013, by Sec. 543 of Ch. 352.)

8589.11.
  

The office may acquire new or used firefighting apparatus and equipment for resale to local agencies. If the apparatus or equipment is in a used condition, the office may contract with the Prison Industry Authority to repair or refurbish the apparatus or equipment to acceptable fire service standards before resale. The resale price shall recover the office’s cost of acquisition, repairing, refurbishing, and associated indirect expenses.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 352, Sec. 144. (AB 1317) Effective September 26, 2013. Operative July 1, 2013, by Sec. 543 of Ch. 352.)

8589.12.
  

If a state agency, including the office, proposes to make firefighting apparatus or equipment which is currently owned and operated by the state available to the office for use under this article, the Department of General Services shall determine whether there is any immediate need by any state agency for the apparatus or equipment. If there is no immediate need, the Department of General Services shall release the apparatus or equipment to the office. If the office acquires firefighting apparatus or equipment from another state agency, the office shall pay the fair market value of the apparatus or equipment, as determined by the Department of General Services, unless the state agency agrees to a lesser payment.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 352, Sec. 145. (AB 1317) Effective September 26, 2013. Operative July 1, 2013, by Sec. 543 of Ch. 352.)

8589.13.
  

(a) The office shall give first priority for the sale of new or used firefighting apparatus and equipment to a local agency that serves a rural area, and is authorized to contract with a local agency that serves a rural area for this purpose. The office shall give second priority for the sale of new or used firefighting apparatus and equipment to any local agency. If after reasonable efforts by the office to sell new or used firefighting apparatus and equipment to any local agency, and not less than 90 days after providing notice to these local agencies, the office may sell any remaining firefighting apparatus and equipment to public agencies outside of California, the federal government, and Indian tribes, subject to any applicable federal requirements.

(b) If a contract for the sale of new or used firefighting apparatus and equipment under subdivision (a) provides for the local agency to pay the sale price in more than one installment, the local agency shall pay interest at a rate specified in the contract, which shall not exceed 1 percent less than the rate earned by the Pooled Money Investment Board, and the term of a contract shall not exceed five years.

(c) If a contract for the sale of new or used firefighting apparatus and equipment under subdivision (a) provides for a local agency to obtain a loan from another source, the office may insure the other loan.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 352, Sec. 146. (AB 1317) Effective September 26, 2013. Operative July 1, 2013, by Sec. 543 of Ch. 352.)

8589.14.
  

The office shall operate an information system which is capable of identifying firefighting apparatus and equipment which is available for acquisition, and local agencies which are interested in acquiring apparatus and equipment.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 352, Sec. 147. (AB 1317) Effective September 26, 2013. Operative July 1, 2013, by Sec. 543 of Ch. 352.)

8589.15.
  

The office may contract with the Prison Industry Authority to perform any of the responsibilities or services required or authorized by this article.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 352, Sec. 148. (AB 1317) Effective September 26, 2013. Operative July 1, 2013, by Sec. 543 of Ch. 352.)

8589.16.
  

There is hereby created in the General Fund the State Assistance for Fire Equipment Account, which, notwithstanding Section 13340, is continuously appropriated to the office for the purposes of Sections 8589.11 and 8589.13. All proceeds from the resale of firefighting apparatus and equipment shall be paid to the account.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 352, Sec. 149. (AB 1317) Effective September 26, 2013. Operative July 1, 2013, by Sec. 543 of Ch. 352.)

8589.17.
  

Every contract with a local agency for the resale of firefighting apparatus and equipment shall specify that the local agency shall make the apparatus or equipment available to other local agencies in the same county as part of a mutual aid agreement. The apparatus or equipment shall be available for mutual aid responses for the length of the term of the contract with the office.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 352, Sec. 150. (AB 1317) Effective September 26, 2013. Operative July 1, 2013, by Sec. 543 of Ch. 352.)

8589.18.
  

If a local agency defaults on a contract for the resale of firefighting apparatus and equipment, the office may either renegotiate the contract or take possession of the apparatus or equipment for subsequent resale to another local agency.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 352, Sec. 151. (AB 1317) Effective September 26, 2013. Operative July 1, 2013, by Sec. 543 of Ch. 352.)

8589.19.
  

(a) After consultation with the California Emergency Management Agency Fire Advisory Committee, hereafter to be referred to as the Office of Emergency Services Fire Advisory Committee, the director shall adopt rules and regulations governing the operation of the programs created by this article pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act, Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3.

(b) The rules and regulations adopted pursuant to subdivision (a) shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following:

(1) The specific types of firefighting apparatus and equipment which may be acquired, rehabilitated, and resold.

(2) The amount and terms of resale contracts.

(3) The time, format, and manner in which local agencies may apply for resale contracts.

(4) Priorities for assisting local agencies, which shall give preference to local agencies which meet all of the following:

(A)  Demonstrated need for primary response firefighting apparatus and equipment.

(B) Will be adequately able to operate and maintain the firefighting apparatus and equipment.

(C) Have already used other means of financing the firefighting apparatus and equipment.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 352, Sec. 152. (AB 1317) Effective September 26, 2013. Operative July 1, 2013, by Sec. 543 of Ch. 352.)

8589.20.
  

All state agencies, boards, and commissions shall cooperate with the office in implementing the programs created by this article.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 352, Sec. 153. (AB 1317) Effective September 26, 2013. Operative July 1, 2013, by Sec. 543 of Ch. 352.)

8589.21.
  

The director shall be responsible for the programs created by this article which, except as provided by Sections 8589.12 and 8589.15, shall not be subject to the requirements of the State Equipment Council or the Office of Fleet Administration of the Department of General Services.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 352, Sec. 154. (AB 1317) Effective September 26, 2013. Operative July 1, 2013, by Sec. 543 of Ch. 352.)

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