Fire district may go to court to force SSU to pay for services

  • Rancho Adobe Fire engineer Ryan Rania, right, puts on his air tank as quickly as possible as fire captain Larry Martinez times him at the station in Penngrove, on Thursday, January 31, 2013. (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

The fire district that serves Sonoma State University may take legal action to try to compel SSU to pay for the fire and emergency services it has received free for decades.

Rancho Adobe Fire Protection District Chief Frank Treanor said SSU refuses to pay even its "fair share" of the costs of providing service to the campus.

"It's just not working," he said. "We're maybe going to have to go to court."

Ten percent of the financially struggling district's roughly 2,000 calls a year are to the 269-acre campus, Treanor said, noting that it includes the Green Music Center, which is now open for public events as well as classes.

The dispute has carried on for years, with California State University attorneys saying state law prevents Rancho Adobe from charging SSU for services.

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