Council votes to enter fire services contract with Modesto

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Modesto Fire Chief Alan Ernst could soon serve as head of the Turlock Fire Department after the City of Turlock failed to permanently fill the position over the last year and a half. While the contract needs approval from both cities involved, the Turlock City Council on Tuesday took care of its part with a split-vote approval of the agreement. 

In December, the City Council directed staff to explore all possible options when it comes to control of TFD, giving the go-ahead to request a contract proposal from Modesto Fire for administration, management and command services. The department has been without a permanent fire chief since June 27, 2019, after then-Chief Robert Talloni was fired by the City. 

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