This week Assemblymember Gregg Hart and Senator Monique Limón presented a $750,000 check for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department to purchase a marine rescue boat.
Hart championed the funding in the California State Budget in partnership with Senator Limón.
“The Conception dive boat disaster and numerous environmental emergencies have underscored the importance of enhancing emergency response capabilities along our coastline,” said Hart. “This marine rescue boat will enhance the lifesaving and disaster response capabilities of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. I am committed to ensuring that our first responders have the tools that they need to keep our community safe.”
“It is critical that the Santa Barbara County Fire Department has access to resources that will help save lives. This marine rescue boat will help our first responders keep our community members safe during times of crisis and enhance their ability to carry out their duties,” said Senator Limón. “I am grateful for Assemblymember Hart’s leadership and proud to support this request to deliver much needed funding to obtain this important asset.”
“Overseeing 110 miles of Santa Barbara County’s coastline, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department is dedicated to marine rescue, firefighting, paramedic care, and oil spill response,” County Fire Chief Mark Hartwig said. “The purchase of the marine rescue boat will enhance protection for County residents and visitors along our coastline, as well as the local Channel Islands, and ensure that all residents and visitors will receive the timely and reliable services they expect from the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.”
Hart represents the California Assembly’s 37th Assembly District, which includes Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria, Buellton, Solvang, Lompoc, Guadalupe, Santa Maria, Orcutt, and Nipomo. He currently serves as the Chair of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee.