The Harbor Rural Fire Protection District Board said it is reviewing concerns from about a dozen of the district’s volunteers regarding their chief.
“The board has received a petition from 11 active volunteer firefighters, which indicates there is no confidence in Chief Robert Larson,” Harbor Rural Fire Protection District Public Information Officer Neville Hill said.
“The board is conducting an investigation to determine what the basis of ‘no confidence’ is.”’
Hill said neither Chief Larson nor the board could comment about the firefighters’ petition or the investigation.
He said the petition was presented prior to the board’s regular monthly meeting the evening of Aug. 14. During that meeting, held at the Harbor Fire Station, one firefighter said a lawsuit would be filed, according to Hill.
That said, “We are not aware of a lawsuit, or any details of a lawsuit,” Hill added. “It has not been served at this time. Therefore, we can’t comment.”
Two unsigned typewritten notes left overnight Aug. 13 at the front door of The Pilot’s office outlined concerns about the Harbor Fire Department’s management and urged people to attend the next fire board meeting.
The board meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Harbor Fire Department, 98069 West Denham Lane in Harbor.
Hill said the board had not set a specific date to discuss the petition or the investigation,
He said there had been no resignations by staff or volunteers within the Harbor Rural Fire Protection District.
“It is business as usual,” Hill said. “We are meeting our expected response time and, as usual, we have an automatic aid agreement with Brookings Fire, which means both departments always respond together in case of a fire.
Follow the developing story in upcoming print editions of The Curry Coastal Pilot.